When to Seek Emergency Care for Anorexia

When to Seek Emergency Care for AnorexiaThe dangers of anorexia are generally well known by those who are living with the disease, but many believe that the dangers of anorexia don’t apply to them because their situation is not out of control, they’re not malnourished, they’re not sporting a skeletal frame and they can claim to feel fine. So when is anorexia dangerous, and at what point do your eating disorder symptoms require emergency treatment?

Progressive Anorexia Symptoms

Unless eating disorder treatment is found, anorexia will progress to a point where the damage is next to impossible to reverse. The following are a few anorexia symptoms:

  • A distorted view of the body
  • Feeling bloated after every meal
  • Obsessing over calories consumed at every meal
  • Obsessively and excessively exercising
  • Hiding eating habits from loved ones or lying about having already eaten
  • Spending excessive amounts of time criticizing appearance
  • Restricting calories
  • Feeling cold all of the time
  • Feeling lightheaded an dizzy or passing out
  • Rapid and unexplained weight loss

Not all of those living with anorexia will display the same symptoms. Some may display symptoms that are unique. Some may grow lanugo, soft downy hair, over their body as a response to their lack of sufficient body fat. Some may also develop dental problems as a result of malnutrition or purging.
Anorexia rarely goes away on its own. Those who are living with anorexia require professional eating disorder help to make a full recovery and develop a healthy relationship with their bodies and food.

Getting Help for Anorexia

The answer to the question, “When is anorexia dangerous?” is simple. Anorexia is dangerous from day one. An anorexic person’s habits and mindset are hard to change, and the damage to their body from starving it of nutrients and important proteins can occur quickly. If you don’t reach out for help for anorexia, you could be facing a list of serious complications that include some of the following:

  • Type 2 diabetes developing due to glucose instability in the body
  • Dangerously low blood pressure
  • Tooth decay and infection developing from poor nutrition or exposure to stomach acids during purging
  • Kidney failure
  • Heart attack
  • Malnutrition
  • Osteoporosis
  • Infertility
  • Depression and thoughts of suicide
  • Drug or alcohol addiction

Like all addictive and obsessive behaviors anorexia is a progressive disorder that will keep getting worse unless eating disorder help is found. It is critical that help is offered before the body starts to turn on vital organs and muscles for nutrients.

Finding Care and Recovery for Anorexia

Call our toll-free anorexia helpline to discuss your unique situation with one of our experienced counselors. We will get you or your loved one the quality eating disorder help that can save a life and turn it around. Ask how we can help you arrange insurance coverage for treatment and help you select a specialty treatment program.