Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder (ED), but above all it is a difficulty in managing emotions. We associate anorexia with extreme thinness, but from a psychological point of view, we understand it as an attempt to use the body to manage emotions. People with this disorder are often perfectionists because they try to compensate for their feelings of vulnerability through achieving perfection and feeling valid.
The excessive preoccupation about the physical appearance in our society does not help many young women to have a healthy relationship with their body. Being treated as an object, that is, without being taken into account, they learn not to respect their body and use it as a tool to please others.
The therapy for anorexia nervosa that we offer at the ART Clinic focuses on helping people who suffer from it to learn to manage their emotions, to treat themselves in a different way, to take themselves into account, to help them improve their self-esteem and learn to relate in a different, more rewarding way with others.
In our therapy Clinic in Barcelona we work with Mentalization Based Therapy to treat anorexia nervosa. Scientific studies show its effectiveness in eating disorders.