In the US, seven million women and one million men struggle with an eating disorder. Among the most common of these disorders is anorexia nervosa, or simply, anorexia. NJ anorexia treatment programs are available to help decrease eating disorder behaviors and address the thought patterns associated with eating disorders.
What is anorexia?
Anorexia is best distinguished from other eating disorders by the restriction of eating. This obsession with and avoidance of food is driven by feelings of fear about gaining weight and a disordered desire to be thin. In many cases, anorexia is accompanied by body dysmorphic disorder, or a severe preoccupation with one’s appearance and its perceived flaws.
Symptoms & Signs of Anorexia
- Restricting food or food types, such as fats and sugars
- Ritualized eating, such as moving, cutting, or hiding food
- Below-average weight for that individual or for his/her age, height, or gender
- Obsession with eating, food, or body
- Refusal to eat around others; isolation
- Constipation, vomitting, or other changes in digestion
- Irregular/absent menstrual cycle in women
- Dry skin, hair thinning, and brittle nails
- Low blood pressure
- Dehydration, dizziness, fainting, fatigue
- Delayed puberty
GenPsych’s NJ Anorexia Treatment Program
The Healthy Eating And Living (HEAL) Program helps individuals who are struggling with eating disorders such as anorexia to recover in a safe and encouraging environment free from judgment.
The HEAL Program is available to teens (13+) and adults. Teens will receive on-site homebound instruction with our NJ-Certified teachers during the school year order to keep up with their studies while in program.
- Partial Care Program is a full day, well-structured program that meets for 6 hours / 5 days a week, and includes two daily monitored meals plus a full array of specialized groups. Partial Care Hours: Monday and Wednesday 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. (no morning offered), Tuesday and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Intensive Outpatient Program is a 3 to 3 ½ hour, 3 days a week treatment that includes one daily monitored meal, plus select groups to target key areas of recovery. Daytime IOP Hours: Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; Evening IOP Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
This NJ anorexia treatment program is currently available at our Bridgewater, Brick, and Lawrenceville locations. (Note: Our Lawrenceville program is available to adults 18+ only.)
The HEAL Program offers individual and group therapy, meal planning with a registered dietitian, daily supervised meals, vital sign/weight monitoring, and medication management. Clients receive education and skills training on how to decrease eating disorder behaviors, learn and apply more balanced eating, and develop healthy ways to cope with stressors.
Therapies include Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), art and music therapy, writing, yoga, and more.
Read more about yoga and eating disorders here.
All private insurances accepted. Transportation can be accommodated for most NJ residents.