Anorexia is not eating food and a fear of gaining weight. Bulimia is purging foods after having eaten for fear of gaining weight. Both these and other eating disorders are extremely dangerous and have some of the highest morbidity rates of any mental illness.
There are residential or inpatient programs for those experiencing eating disorders to reside in a more controlled environment during their recovery.
Treatment for an eating disorder will address symptoms, medical consequences, and all factors that contribute to or maintain the eating disorder. Typically treatment will be provided by a treatment team and consist of psychotherapy and nutrition counseling while also addressing any co-occurring mental health or medical issues related to the eating disorder.
Therapists Who Specialize in Helping Those Who Struggle With Eating Disorders