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A 41-year-old member asked:

could someone with anorexia get better?

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Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry 54 years experience
Yes: Like any other medical or psychiatric problem, help is available. Severity has an influence on outcome generally but isn't always a good predicter. The more severe the traumas suffered the more intense and varied the interventions necessary to make changes. The goal is to improve mood, functioning and protect against serious medical problems. Early diagnosis and treatment improve the outcome.
Dr. Vikas Duvvuri
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Yes: It is a very difficult illness with the highest mortality in psychiatry. Early evaluation and treatment from a specialist can reduce the damage it causes to a person. If a local patient needs an evaluation, they can call my office number for an intake.

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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.
A 21-year-old member asked:

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 30-year-old member asked:

Can someone with anorexia ever get better?

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Dr. John Moranville
Psychiatry 36 years experience
Yes: Anorexia is a body image problem. Learning to live with it takes a good therapist with whom you can develop a good relationship and the desire to change. There are also inpatient programs that work specifically with eating disorders for more severe cases. Antidepressants may be helpful for the depression that may be part of the disorder.

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