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Anorexia Nervosa

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Monday, Aug. 27, 2007; 7:44 PM

Copyright Harvard Health Publications 2007

When To Call A Professional

Contact a mental health professional, a pediatrician or a primary care physician if you have a question about food restriction, feelings of sadness or anxiety, or persistent problems with body image. A family member may be the first to notice such problems and should contact a health care professional on behalf of the person having trouble. Severe weight loss or starvation can become a medical emergency, so early treatment is desirable.


Many people have milder forms of anorexia nervosa and are open to treatment. These people will respond well to treatment, particularly when a variety of approaches are combined. For people who have lost a great deal of weight and have medical complications, aggressive care can reverse a downward course. There is a significant risk of death for people hospitalized for medical complications of anorexia nervosa, especially when they are very resistant to treatment. However, the majority of people with anorexia nervosa either improve significantly or have a full recovery.

Additional Info

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders P.O. Box 7 Highland Park, IL 60035 Phone: (847) 831-3438 Fax: (847) 433-4632 http://www.anad.org/

American Psychiatric Association 1400 K St., NW Washington, DC 20005 Toll-Free: (888) 357-7924 Fax: (202) 682-6850 http://www.psych.org/

American Psychological Association 750 First St., NE Washington, DC 20002-4242 Phone: (202) 336-5510 Toll-Free: (800) 374-2721 TTY: (202) 336-6123 Fax: (202) 336-5500 http://www.apa.org/

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Building 31 Room 2A32 MSC 2425 31 Center Drive Bethesda, MD 20892-2425 Phone: (301) 496-5133 Toll-Free: (800) 370-2943 http://www.nichd.nih.gov/

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