Asking questions about your child's eating habits and behaviors
Imaging tests of the bones
Interview with a mental health provider about eating behaviors and body image and weight concerns
How do doctors treat anorexia nervosa (AN)?
Treatment focuses on helping your child reach a healthy weight and addressing psychological concerns of AN. The care team will talk with you about creating a treatment plan for your child's medical and mental health needs.
Common treatments supported by research for AN include:
For children and teens, family-based therapy (FBT) to learn ways on how your family can support your child during AN treatment
For young adults, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help manage your child's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors around AN and body image
Meetings with your child's primary care provider or a dietitian
For some people, a higher level of care such as hospitalization or residential care is needed to support a person in gaining weight and staying medically stable.
AN can be challenging to treat. The care team can help you and your child create a plan that raises the chances of recovery.