Anorexia nervosa treatment is complex and underutilized, since anorexics do not recognize the need for treatment. Treatment is conducted inpatient or outpatient involving psychotherapeutic and pharmacological approaches. Few are efficacious; however, family-based therapy yields promising results.
The history of anorexia nervosa is extensive with reports dating back over 800 years ago. However, the term anorexia nervosa is relatively new. The history of anorexia nervosa reveals many diverse manifestations of the disorder.