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Top Tips on How to Overcome Anorexia

written by: Nichole Bolton • edited by: Elizabeth Wistrom • updated: 12/9/2010

Anorexia is marked by a severe weight loss and lack of interest in food. This eating disorder can have severe effects on someone's health, even leading to death. By following anorexia tips for recovery, it is possible to get better at home or with the help of a professional.

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    Anorexia affects a number of people in the world and can be very hard to recover from. Anorexia tips for recovery can be an essential piece in someone's treatment from the eating disorder. Whether someone wishes to try to overcome anorexia at home, or seek intensive treatment with professionals, there are a few tips to help them deal with their anorexia and begin recovery.

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    Dealing with Anorexia at Home

    Even though it is hard to overcome anorexia without help, there are steps that can be taken to deal with anorexia while at home. Positive self-talk is one method that can be used to cope with anorexia. This means anorexics should tell themselves positive messages in the mirror, and hang inspiring quotes around the home. It helps for an anorexic person to tell themselves that they are beautiful, strong and capable, and that they have the power to recover from their eating disorder.

    Setting a daily goal for eating can be helpful for some people. This might mean aiming for a small increase in calories each day. For some people, this is triggering and better done with the help of a counselor or nutritionist. While reintroducing foods, it is always important to have support for the emotions that go along with it.

    Having a support person can be very helpful for coping with anorexia. This can be a best friend, a close family member or even a counselor. Consider someone who is able to take calls during crises and offer good advice or even just a shoulder to cry on. This may be someone that was met at a support group, who is able to offer anorexia tips for recovery, as well as for coping with strong emotions without relapsing into the eating disorder.

    Keeping a positive journal may also help someone overcome anorexia. The journal should be used to write about the desire to recover and recovery goals. This can help someone who is struggling with an eating disorder to stay focuses on the reasons that recovery is important.

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    Overcoming Anorexia with Outside Help

    Outside help is often the key to recovering from eating disorders such as anorexia. Recovery involves a number of strong emotions and urges, some which are better dealt with by getting help from professionals. Professionals are better able to offer anorexia tips for recovery, as they have been trained in every aspect of eating disorders. One tip for dealing with anorexia is to attend support groups. These groups are full of many people struggling with eating disorders, every one of them wanting to get better.

    Another method of overcoming anorexia is through intensive treatment. This is usually done in a treatment center or hospital, through an in-patient program. Anorexia treatment involves a team of professionals - doctors, counselors, psychiatrists, dietitians and nutritionists. These people are trained to help people overcome anorexia using the healthiest methods. In-patient treatment can be ideal for preventing or treating relapses in the eating disorder.

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    Someone with anorexia may choose to seek professional help, or they may try to deal with the eating disorder on their own. Either way, they should seek anorexia tips for recovery to help them put in their best effort to getting better. Anorexia is hard, but many people are successful in their recovery with a bit of help and hard work.

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    References

    HelpGuide.org: Anorexia Nervosa - http://helpguide.org/mental/anorexia_signs_symptoms_causes_treatment.htm

    http://www.something-fishy.org/reach/waystocope.php