Hi. My name is Niki. I'm a counsellor and psychotherapist and I work a lot with teenagers. I'm here to talk to you about some of the issues you might find that you're dealing with as a teenager and to hopefully give you some tips that might be useful. I'm going to talk to you about how to treat Anorexia. If you listen to this, it maybe that you are suffering from Anorexia or you're trying to get help or your friend or somebody you know is suffering from Anorexia and vice versa. The first thing is to understand what it is and Anorexia refers to both a medical problem and psychological problem where somebody under-eats to such an extent that they semi-starve themselves because they want to be thin, because they want to control their weight to such a point, because it helps them feel better about themselves. They often have a distorted body image when they think that they are bigger than they actually are than they become. Even though they are very thin, they think that they're actually fat. Some Anorexist like to take laxatives or over-exercises is a way of becoming even thinner. Anorexia is a really serious health problem and a psychological problem and it's so important that you do get treatment and help to come through this, this time. And just to remind yourself that it is something you can come through and you can recover from. So to recover from Anorexia, you need both medical intervention, medical help, as well as psychological help. So through HEP, EGP will send your referral to an eating disorder specialist and you can go as a day patient and attend groups and have one-to-one support from a psychologist there or a psychotherapist there. They also have medical staff that are able to see how well you are physically, if there is anything else you require to keep your health okay. If you're very seriously anorexic, you might be so ill you might have to go into hospital and you have to stay in bed and you have to be put on drips and be helped to protect your life because some people of Anorexia die from starving themselves. So always think about it as a way of medical side as well as a psychological side. Now, the psychological side would mean that you talk with someone, an expert that can help you, counsellor or a psychotherapist or an eating disorder specialist or psychologist who knows about Anorexia and they'll talk to you about underlying problems of Anorexia. There maybe problems you haven't been able to solve or face up to. Sometimes people with Anorexia find it very hard to deal with getting older, becoming an adult, they want to stay like a child so you'll be given help to deal with that. The other thing about Anorexia is that it's part of what is important for someone in Anorexia is to control their food and in controlling the food and their appetite and their feelings, they're trying to deal with something else that they haven't been able to control. So, get help with that. Is there a situation in your life that is causing you a lot of pain and that you are facing up to. Do you need help to resolve that situation? Someone treating you badly. You're being bullied. Is there something else going on in the family that's causing unhappiness? Or are you not managing stress well? And you're feeling under a lot of pressure and you need help with that. It's really important that you take yourself seriously as well as the Anorexia because you know, for you to find and recover from this and you know, most people do recover from Anorexia, you do need to really get all the help you need by professionally and also informally. You know, let your family and friends support you rather than trying to push them away and make it a private problem. It really does need everyone there to be there supporting you and helping you through this time. Take it seriously and take you seriously because your life could be at risk and it's really important that you get well. .