What is Anorexia Nervosa?

Anorexia Nervosa (AN) is a condition associated with an intense fear of weight gain, which can lead to compensatory behaviors (e.g., avoidance, restricted eating, excessive exercise).

Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of AN can include:

  • Significantly low body weight
  • Intense fear of weight gain or “becoming fat”
  • Inaccurate perception of one’s own weight or shape
  • Anxiety surrounding eating and/or drinking
  • Excessive exercise and/or dieting

Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa

Unfortunately, an effective treatment for all patients with AN remains elusive. There are several treatments that exist for patients with AN, which can include cognitive behavior therapy with exposure-response prevention. Many clinicians and researchers are hard at work to develop comprehensive treatments for AN, which will help patients and families experience positive long-term outcomes.

Our Research on Anorexia Nervosa

Please help us learn more about AN and how best to help patients and families overcome these symptoms by participating in our research.  Contact us using this contact form, call our office at (443) 287-7157, or email us at email-coach to learn more about ongoing research studies.

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