Eating Disorder Therapy

Pictures of the Anorexic Brain

When a person suffers with Anorexia, you will find their ability to think clearly diminishes.

Below are two MRI scans of a person’s brain. You will find that the individual with the non-anorexic brain appears fuller representing a healthier and more functional brain. It also appears to be more suited within the cranial structure of the individual. The anorexic brain is more white, less gray in color and comparatively is missing much matter.



Additionally, the individual suffering with anorexia has a depleted, nearly diminished pre-frontal cortex. This is evidenced by the front of the brain that is seemingly dark without any grey or white images.

Why is this important?

The pre-frontal cortex is known to have implications in planning, complex thinking and behavior, judgment, personality expression, decision making and social behavior.

Imagine if this part of your brain was half working. How would you interact with the world? Would your thinking be clear? Would you be more negative in life? Would your personality change? Could you complete day to day tasks to completion? Would you become obsessive because your brain seemingly cannot make complete thoughts possible from moment to moment?

Often, when a person enters therapeutic treatment, there is a multi-step process that is required to instill recovery so more complex thinking can be restored. This is one example of how much the brain changes when a person becomes malnourished.

THE GOOD NEWS! The brain is an incredible organ that can regenerate with nutrition. This is a process that requires a team of professionals and understanding from family and friends. We often don’t realize how we physically can be compromised, especially when it appears to not effect thinking. We must remember it is biological and when a person goes through malnourishment, all caregivers have to be aware of the time, energy, work, and care one requires to find and maintain stability.

It takes a village.

If you are concerned about your child, already in treatment, struggling through FBT, wonder about parent coaching or just want to connect with the team from Hilltop Behavioral Health, don’t hesitate to reach out.  We are able to work in the following states:

  1. New Jersey
  2. New York
  3. Pennsylvania
  4. North Carolina
  5. Tennessee
  6. Michigan
  7. Virginia
  8. West Virginia
  9. Washington DC
  10. Vermont

We work hard to get the results your family deserves, with reduced fighting.