Complex station

Intensive support in the event of severely underweight patients

Our complex ward at Schoen Clinic is an offer primary for patients with extreme anorexia. You will receive intensive support and comprehensive treatment.

Causes & symptoms

Anorexia - a life in isolation

People with anorexia often withdraw. They are irritated that they perceive themselves so differently from the people around them. When others say: “You’re way too thin,” they don’t understand. They develop a “reversed” sense of their bodies with extreme behaviours such as regular dieting, not eating, panicking or the compulsion to constantly exercise.

If, as a result, you are constantly undernourished, it can be dangerous. People affected display deficiency symptoms such as a attention deficits, constant fatigue, hair loss and blood count changes. The increase fear of losing control over one’s body dictates their entire lives and eating habits; morning noon and night.

Does this describe you? Then you should do something right away before the illness gets worse and becomes chronic.

Risk factors and triggers: How does anorexia develop?

There is no single cause of anorexia. Several factors always play a role.

Genetic-biological factors: There are reliable indicators that the predisposition for anorexia is hereditary. With some patients, there is also the possibility that there is a malfunction in the area of the brain that controls eating habits.

Psychological factors: Psychological stress, feelings of being overwhelmed or a fragile sense of self-worth can be risk factors. This can result in the compulsion of wanting to at least have one’s own body under control; a dangerous misconception. Victims of abuse are particularly at risk.

Societal factors: Beauty ideals promoted by the media have very little to do with reality. Still, many people are influenced by the artificial role models. They believe that they have to look just like that to be accepted by society.

Domestic factors: The immediate environment also often plays a perpetuating or triggering role. Domestic factors such as disappointments, frustrations or proximity-distance issues can be of significance here.

Symptoms: How to recognise anorexia

One of the first symptoms of anorexia is constant obsession with weight. Do you constantly talk about losing weight? Do you consistently refuse necessary food or weigh yourself constantly? If so, we recommend you undergo a physical examination, especially if you recognise one of the following warning signs.

Anorexia – the most important warning signs:
  • no regular meals
  • vomiting after eating (bulimia)
  • clearly noticeable weight loss
  • constant criticism of your own body
  • persistent difficulties concentrating
  • noticeable hair loss and/or dry skin
  • sensitivity to cold, always freezing
  • missing menstrual periods, reduced virility


Precise diagnosis: Basis for treatment in the complex ward

First, we conduct comprehensive conversations to diagnostically determine your eating disorder, including triggering and perpetuating factors. Then, a comprehensive physical examination will be conducted to determine accompanying symptoms and potential complications. In the event of a dangerous clinical condition, there is the option of monitoring and performing emergency lab work. Sonograms and echocardiograms are used regularly to detect complications of the most severe anorexia nervosa in due time and take action accordingly.