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What are the Best Sources of Anorexia Support?

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There are many different sources of anorexia support available for those who may be suffering from this condition. One of the best forms of support a person dealing with anorexia should consider is the help of a professional therapist or psychologist. The Internet can also provide help through many different websites that offer support for anyone with this disorder, and the different websites can range from person blogs to chat rooms and forums. There are also clinics designed and established to provide anorexia support for multiple people simultaneously through group therapy and treatment.

Anorexia support typically refers to support, help, and counseling intended to help someone suffering with anorexia to begin recovery and overcome this illness. Also called anorexia nervosa, anorexia is an eating disorder in which a person will typically obsess about his or her image, weight, and food. This leads the person to eat very little or indulge in extreme overeating, after which the person feels an intense sense of shame and will then purge his or her system of the food. Anorexia support is offered to those with this disorder to help them overcome physical consequences and the root causes of anorexia itself.

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Someone looking for anorexia support should typically begin by seeking professional help from a therapist or psychologist. While anorexia has psychological roots, it also has serious health consequences and so a therapist can often help someone with anorexia to not only deal with the disorder itself but also work toward better physical health as well. Treatment for anorexia does not necessarily include medication, and instead typically focuses on behavior and cognitive therapies. The guilt and shame associated with this disorder often lead to social withdrawal, and so anorexia support can often involve a social element as well.

This is why Internet resources and eating disorder clinics can provide anorexia support for many people. Simply discovering that he or she is not alone with the disorder can often help a person begin to find a greater sense of self worth and counter feelings of isolation the disorder can cause. Internet chat rooms and forums can often provide a place where someone can discuss his or her disorder freely, allowing the anonymity of the Internet to give him or her a sense of safety.

Clinics that provide anorexia support to groups of people at once can also provide similar benefits. Group therapy sessions often work to help a person recognize that he or she is not alone with this disorder. People suffering from this illness can also work together to promote a more positive body image and learn about nutrition and practice healthy, social eating in a group.

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