Again, there is no home
remedy. Any person who displays symptoms of anorexia nervosa
(undereating, inducing vomiting, or abusing laxatives in an attempt to
lose weight) needs medical and psychiatric attention. Some specialists are
adept at treating these very challenging patients. Anorexia nervosa can cause
severe medical complications or death if not treated.
Anorexia nervosa can result in life-threatening medical problems. The following
signs and symptoms indicate need for emergency evaluation:
The person may develop medical problems ( cardiac, endocrine, electrolyte ) from
starvation, vomiting, diuretic, or laxative abuse.
Outpatient treatment of anorexia nervosa is often unsuccessful. Someone with
anorexia may need prolonged treatment (including cognitive, behavioral,
, and counseling or some combination) in a structured hospital environment or
special inpatient eating disorders program.
Treatment of anorexia nervosa often takes years, during which time close
follow-up with a doctor is essential.
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