Anorexia Nervosa can be a life-threatening eating disorder for emerging adults, causing serious health declines. People who are severely anorexic face physical, nutritional, social, and emotional problems. Anorexia Nervosa, and the extreme weight loss that usually accompanies the eating disorder, impairs biological functions of the body and the brain. In addition, emerging adults with anorexia may experience intense feelings of isolation, shame, and anxiety. Self-image is harshly distorted. Some people may not realize that their disease has spiraled to a dangerous point, while others may be aware of the risk but are too scared to ask for help. Anorexia Nervosa is a medical and mental health condition that requires professional therapeutic treatment.
Anorexia Treatment at Yellowbrick
Yellowbrick assists emerging adults, ages 18-30, who struggle with eating disorders, including Anorexia Nervosa. Located in Evanston, IL just north of Chicago, Yellowbrick addresses Anorexia Nervosa from multiple perspectives. During an intensive assessment at the start of treatment, Yellowbrick’s senior clinicians collaborate with the patient, their family, their primary physician and any current or previous mental health providers in order to gain a rich understanding of the patient’s history with Anorexia Nervosa. Patients provide a self-assessment, which covers their experience with anorexia, mental health issues, substance abuse and other possible destructive behaviors. A medical and a psychiatric assessment are performed so that any concurrent physical or mental health issues may be treated. Once enough information is collected, Yellowbrick’s senior clinicians meet with the patient and their family to discuss the diagnoses and make professional recommendations.
From there, the senior clinicians at Yellowbrick design an individualized treatment plan. Hospitalization may be necessary, as well as intensive supported apartment treatment. Emerging adults may receive 24-hour access to care by moving into Yellowbrick’s apartment-style supported living, The Residence. The Eating Disorder Treatment Program at Yellowbrick begins with a minimum two-month commitment. Experienced professionals work with patients to set goals and strategies for anticipated progress and recovery.
Changing destructive patterns and letting go of emotional pain
People who struggle with Anorexia Nervosa often carry out daily routines which are self-destructive. They may avoid family meals and restrict the body of necessary nutrients by means of starvation. Throughout the course of treatment at Yellowbrick, patients have a rare opportunity to develop healthy habits within a supportive environment. Meeting regularly with a Registered Dietician and partaking in peer supported meals helps emerging adults to learn about nutrition and to establish a degree of comfort having a meal with others. Patients in treatment for an eating disorder at Yellowbrick practice critical, everyday nutritional practices like meal planning and preparation, grocery shopping, and dining out. These staff supported activities ease patients into taking care of their nutritional needs while replacing destructive tendencies with positive, nourishing patterns.
The clinicians at Yellowbrick often see Anorexia Nervosa as a surface symptom of deeply rooted emotional problems. Through individual psychotherapy, clinicians help emerging adults with Anorexia Nervosa in recognizing their emotional pain and core struggles. Patients seeking treatment are encouraged to take personal responsibility for their recovery. By processing through the feelings they hold deep within themselves, patients may move forward without the pain of their past. Many patients appreciate the experiential group therapy approaches, which include focus upon mindfulness, yoga classes, and art therapy. The experiential groups allow patients to let go of emotional pain as an alternative and a stepping-stone to verbalizing confusing and dark feelings. In addition to treating the surface symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa, Yellowbrick clinicians address emotional and behavioral problems, which may affect a positive outcome.
Read more about our approach in treating Anorexia Nervosa, visit the Yellowbrick Eating Disorder Treatment Center.
At Yellowbrick, emerging adults find their way home.
For more information, please contact Yellowbrick at 847-869-1500.