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Highly specialised anorexia treatment for adults in York

Anorexia nervosa is a complex psychological disorder characterised by an intense fear of gaining weight, distorted body image, and severe restriction of food intake. This condition affects millions of adults worldwide and without proper treatment, it can negatively impact individuals' physical, emotional, and social health.

Thankfully there are approaches to treating anorexia in adults and at Schoen Clinic York, we're specialists in the area. One of the most effective and evidence-based methods is through comprehensive and structured anorexia treatment that addresses both the physical and psychological aspects of the condition.

At our leading anorexia treatment centre in York, patients have access to a range of interventions to support recovery, from specialised anorexia therapy to one-to-one anorexia counselling, group therapies, dietetic meal support and more.

All patients undergoing private treatment for anorexia at our hospital also have access to a multidisciplinary team of adult anorexia specialists with one common aim - helping adults with anorexia recover.

How our anorexia nervosa treatment centre helps adults in York

At Schoen Clinic, we've been treating eating disorders and other mental health issues for more than 37 years. Our dedication to improving the lives of those affected by eating disorders has earned us recognition as industry leaders in the fields of clinical research and cutting-edge therapies, and we were named the LaingBuisson Hospital Group of the Year 2020 award.

At Schoen Clinic York, our multidisciplinary team of anorexia experts offer highly specialised inpatient anorexia treatment as well as an advanced daycare treatment programme to assist adults recovering from anorexia in resuming healthier eating habits. Adults who receive specialised therapy for anorexia can better control their symptoms, recover a healthy weight, protect their physical and mental well-being, and often reverse the negative side effects brought on by the eating disorder itself.

Our teams also collaborate with patients and their families to deliver the most efficient care with a high rate of recovery.

To get started with private treatment, simply fill out our online pre-screening questionnaire any time to suit you. Click here.

Diagnosing anorexia nervosa adults

If a diagnosis has not already been established by a GP, Adult Mental Health Services (AMHS) team or another health professional, our anorexia specialists in York are on hand to help and offer fast private assessments for adults with suspected anorexia.

The diagnostic criteria for anorexia in adults are similar to those used to diagnose younger patients.

  • Restriction of energy intake resulting in low body weight
  • Intense fear of gaining weight or becoming fat, even when underweight
  • Psychological disturbance which may include distorted body image or denial of the seriousness of low body weight
  • Amenorrhea (absence of menstrual cycles) in females, although this is not required for men or post-menopausal women
  • Behaviour that interferes with weight gain, such as excessive exercise, restrictive eating, or purging (e.g., vomiting or using laxatives)
  • Mental health problems (such as stress, anxiety and depression) or social withdrawal

To accurately diagnose anorexia in adults, our team takes multiple factors into account, including medical history, physical symptoms, and psychological behaviour.

Key indicators of anorexia in older patients include unexplained weight loss or difficulty maintaining a healthy weight, loss of appetite or obsessive calorie counting, increased isolation or avoidance, and depression or anxiety.

Access private anorexia treatment for adults

To get started with private treatment, simply fill out our online pre-screening questionnaire any time to suit you. Click here.

25% of people with anorexia nervosa are men

Anorexia nervosa is often associated with women, but men can also suffer from anorexia. In fact, studies have shown that up to 25% of individuals struggling with anorexia nervosa identify as male (Sweeting et. Al. via BEAT).

It’s important to recognise that anorexia nervosa is a serious and potentially life-threatening illness that can affect anyone, regardless of gender.

Our anorexia treatment centre in York welcomes both men and women who are struggling with anorexia and encourage those suffering to seek support and treatment as soon as possible.

Whether you are looking for highly specialised inpatient anorexia treatment near you or advanced daycare treatment for adults with anorexia, our team offer comprehensive anorexia therapy to help you recover.

Anorexia treatment for adults in York

Adult anorexia is a challenging and serious condition, but recovery rates are high with early intervention. We offer comprehensive anorexia treatment at Schoen Clinic York that combines counselling, therapy, social interaction, medical care and family participation. With support from our anorexia specialists in York, adults with anorexia can recover from anorexia and strive towards living a happy, healthy life.

Parents and families are crucial in the treatment of anorexia. Our anorexia treatment centre in York is available to adults over the age of 18, so if you're concerned that you or your child may have anorexia please get in touch with our team as soon as possible to access our highly specialised treatment. If anorexia has not yet been diagnosed, our adult anorexia specialists can assist in identifying the signs and symptoms, making a diagnosis, and creating an individualised treatment plan.

Adult anorexia treatment options

We recognise that each person is unique and that many different things might lead to anorexia developing in an adult. Because of this, we personalize our anorexia treatment for each individual.

Our anorexia therapy for adults can be accessed through two pathways depending on the stage of anorexia development and the level of care required.

To get started with private treatment, simply fill out our online pre-screening questionnaire any time to suit you. Click here.

Our approach to highly specialised adult anorexia treatment in York

At Schoen Clinic York, our treatment for adults with anorexia has an overall structure of learning how to eat normally and developing more helpful ways of expressing emotions.

We've made it our Purpose to provide the best individualised specialist care for every patient, helping people feel better and recover faster. At Schoen Clinic, we tailor our anorexia therapies to meet the needs of each patient because we want to help individuals return to their normal lives as quickly as possible.

In consultation with our team of top anorexia specialists, all programme components can be modified to meet specific needs. Before any treatment begins, an initial treatment plan will be agreed upon.

Throughout the course of treatment, regulated weight restoration is combined with psychiatric therapies that focus on psychological development.

To get started with private treatment, simply fill out our online pre-screening questionnaire any time to suit you. Click here.

Anorexia therapy for adults at Schoen Clinic York

The first step in adult anorexia treatment is to stabilise the individual's physical health, especially if they are severely malnourished or underweight. Once their physical health has stabilised, individuals can then begin treatment for the underlying psychological aspects of anorexia.

At our anorexia treatment centre for adults in York we offer a range of hollistic therapies with our specialists.

During Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), our therapist works with patients to identify and challenge negative thoughts and behaviours that contribute to their eating disorder.

We also provide occupational therapy, group therapy and helpful workshops to develop social interaction and positive mindsets.

In addition to psychotherapy, adults undergoing anorexia treatment at Schoen Clinic York receive nutritional counselling and dietetic support to learn how to establish healthy eating habits.

Medication, such as antidepressants, may also be used in combination with psychotherapy and nutritional counselling to treat underlying mental health conditions associated with anorexia nervosa, such as depression or anxiety.

Our highly specialised treatment centre for adults with anorexia

Schoen Clinic York is a 13-bed specialist eating disorder hospital for adults, based on the ground floor of Minster Grange just outside the historic city of York. Our eating disorders hospital provides a homely, welcoming environment to aid in the treatment of adults with anorexia.

There's an excellent mix of therapy rooms for one-to-one or group therapy, lounges for patients to relax and light and airy circulation areas.

We have a dedicated occupational therapy kitchen and dining area, where patients can practice preparing food and families can share meals together.

We also have a large garden, providing a calming area where adults in anorexia recovery can connect with nature.

All food is freshly prepared on the premises by our own chefs and served by members of our team.

Our multidisciplinary team (MDT) of adult anorexia specialists

Adults receiving anorexia treatment at our hospital in York will be under the care of our extensive multidisciplinary team. The team includes:

  • Consultant Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists (and Assistant Psychologists)
  • Nurses (Lead, Senior Staff Nurses)
  • Dietitians
  • Occupational Therapists
  • CBT Therapists
  • Healthcare Assistants
  • Social Workers

Our MDT has extensive experience in treating adults with anorexia and they collaborate to ensure each person undergoing treatment has the best possible outcome.

Patient testimonial - December 2022

"For the first time in thirty years of suffering, I finally feel in the right environment with professionals who have the right skills, experience and compassionate approach to help me find a way forward."

We're part of an award-winning hospital group

Although our anorexia treatment centre is in York, we welcome patients from around the UK for specialist anorexia treatment. As we offer highly specialised residential treatment for eating disorders like anorexia nervosa, we regularly treat patients from further afield.

We're part of Schoen Clinic UK Group, an award-winning hospital group specialising in the treatment of eating disorders and mental health conditions. Along with our leading hospital for adults in York, Schoen Clinic also has an outpatient clinic for mental health and eating disorders in Chelsea, London, as well as a highly specialised hospital for children and young people in Birmingham.

Ready to access highly specialised anorexia treatment in York?

Our caring team of adult eating disorder specialists in York are on hand to help adults with anorexia access the treatment they need.

To get started with private treatment, simply fill out our online pre-screening questionnaire any time to suit you. Click here.