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help! anorexia nervosa? no desire for regular foods anymore

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Dr. Jeffrey Weyeneth
Dr. Jeffrey Weyenethanswered
Psychiatry 27 years experience
Get help: This can be a very serious problem with severe medical consequences. You should seek help from a psychiatrist and/or therapist with experience treating eating disorders. I would also suggest seeing a dietician.
Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 43 years experience
Don't just assume this is AN. Many with AN desire food but won't eat because they are irrationally convinced they are overweight even when they are starving. Still, starvation can lead to a loss of appetite, eventually. Whatever is going on, seek professuibak help ASAP!
Apr 4, 2012
Dr. Julie O'Toole
Pediatrics 36 years experience
More please: What do you mean "regular foods"? Are you craving only sweets or odd food combinations? Are you able to maintain your weight? You may have an eating disorder or you may have another medical condition. Get evaluated by an eating disorder physician who can distinguish between the two.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Anorexia?: Loss of appetite is not enough criterion to diagnose eating disorder. Need workup by you primary care doc.

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A 22-year-old member asked:

What is anorexia?

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Dr. Steven Bowers
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Definition: Anorexia - diminished appetite. Anorexia nervosa is a complex psychiatric condition in which the affected person has a distorted body image and through various behaviors loses body weight. The weight loss can be severe enough to produce significant malnutrition and even death.
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What is called anorexia nervosa and how can it be treated?

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Dr. Maged Zaky
Internal Medicine 10 years experience
Anorexia nervosa: Usually respond to psychotherapy and antidepressive medication, also assess organic cause or GI problem , has to be rulled out as well/ endocrinal/ hormonal.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

How can I recover my physical strength after suffering from anorexia?

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Dr. Paul Cohen
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Slowly...: The more you eat; the more your body will re-nourish; recovering your energy levels and overall strength.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

What should you do if you think someone you know has anorexia?

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Dr. Alfredo Soto
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Seek Help Soon: Anorexia nervosa can be a very deadly disease if left untreated. The person can develop heart problems suddenly if she is not getting the proper nutrients. If you suspect someone has anorexia, you should encourage that person to seek help as soon as possible. How you do that depends on your relationship to that person.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Which treatment is effective for anorexia nervosa?

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Dr. Kevin Considine
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Depends: Most eating disorders if they are moderate to severe are very difficult to treat. I would recommend enrolling into a formal program and probably an inpatient treatment program so that you can get the multi disciplinary support that you need. But call you doctor first.

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