Q. How to overcome the symptoms of anorexia nervosa?

Answered by
Dr. Vishal Anilkumar Gandhi
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Mar 25, 2023

Hello doctor,

My friend is suffering from anorexia nervosa. She is 20 years old. A few months back, she starved for almost three months. From there, problems started. Now, she has a fear of food. After eating, she feels guilty and quits eating. Her mood fluctuates often and she feels anxious. She feels good without eating and so she restricts herself. If someone says she is skinny, she does not feel anything about it. How can I help her to recover mentally?



Welcome to

I read your query and can understand your concern.

You should try to follow the below lifestyle to deal with it. These are non-pharmacological steps that will help you.

1. You should exercise daily for 30 to 45 minutes like at least going for a walk.

2. You should meditate for 20 minutes daily. Just sit in one place in a comfortable position and try to concentrate on your normal breathing, do not stop or force yourself to stop your thoughts, just let them be. It will help you to relax and increase concentration.

3. You should eat healthy home-cooked foods, and avoid junk foods. You must also drink enough water.

4. You should spend time on creative hobbies like reading good books, writing journals, painting, drawing, and learning new skills or language or musical instruments.

5. You should take 7 to 8 hours of sleep daily.

6. You must avoid tobacco or alcohol or any substance abuse.

If you still have symptoms that persist after following the advice for 4 to 6 weeks, then you need to consult your nearest psychiatrist.

I hope that you get your answer.

Please, let me know if you want some help.

Thank you.

Investigations to be done:

1. CBC (complete blood count).

2. Thyroid profile.

3. Vitamin B12 and vitamin D3.

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