Help for Dancers with Anorexia

Help for Dancers with AnorexiaAnorexia Nervosa is one of the deadliest psychological disorders a person can face. If left untreated, this disease will slowly and determinedly destroy a person’s mental and physical health.  Dancers struggling with anorexia require specialized treatment in order to find lasting healing. This help is available 24 hours a day by calling our toll-free helpline and speaking to one of our expert counselors.

Why Is Anorexia So Hard to Beat?

Anorexia is an incredibly powerful psychological disorder. The chemical system in the brain that manages appetite, motivation, memory, emotional response, impulse control and the formation of habits, is commandeered by the disease. “Feel good” chemicals are naturally released into the bloodstream and recognized by the prefrontal cortex of the brain during the following behaviors:

  • Eating
  • Feeling pain
  • Sex
  • Experiencing thrills or danger (risk)
  • Receiving rewards (financial, emotional, etc)

While this system is designed to reinforce healthy eating, it can be re-wired to drive starvation if it is abused enough. Endorphins and other chemicals are released into the blood as a person experiences hunger. These substances reinforce the starving behavior on a level that is much more powerful than rational thought or understanding. This is why a person who is clearly wasting away may not even be able to see anything wrong with her body. The anorexic’s ability to comprehend and emotionally process her true situation is destroyed by the disease. Even girls who know that they have a problem will struggle to eat in a healthy way. Many who want desperately to break the cycle of the disease will simply be incapable of eating until they get help.

How Does Anorexia Treatment Work?

Anorexia treatment is offered in both outpatient and inpatient formats. There are many advantages of inpatient residential treatment, including the following:

  • Removal from the stressors of daily life
  • Access to 24 hour accountability and support
  • Nutritional support
  • Medical attention
  • Personal counseling
  • Support group discussions
  • Reading and other educational materials
  • Identification of co-occurring disorders that may be driving the disease
  • Guided physical activity and exercise

Outpatient programs may be adequate for the treatment of beginning stage or mild anorexia, but facing daily routines and stressors can undermine recovery.

Will I Ever Be Able to Dance Again after Anorexia?

One of the saddest tragedies of anorexia is that most girls who develop it are driven by a fear of risking their dancing career by gaining weight. The truth is that anorexia will eventually cause muscle atrophy that can end a dancing career permanently. However, with the right treatment, permanent damage to the body can be avoided. Millions of girls have faced this disease and while it can certainly be fatal if left untreated, recovery is possible.

Free, Confidential Anorexia Help Right Now

One of the strongest influences in the treatability of anorexia is how quickly the patient receives a diagnosis and begins treatment. If you are concerned about your eating habits, or if you have a friend that seems to be developing an eating disorder, please call our toll-free helpline immediately. The call is free and confidential, so you truly have nothing to lose. Don’t let this completely treatable disease destroy your body, your mind, or your dreams of dancing. Call now.