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A 22-year-old female asked:

i have anorexia and need to talk to someone but i am afraid . what should i do?

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Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Anorexia and fear: I think it is very common to worry about telling another human about those things that scare us and possibly even bring us shame. But, only in asking for help can we truly begin to heal. In general those in medicine are there for altruistic reasons and are prepared to be non-judgmental and to be inclined to get you help. If you are afraid, use that to ask for help.
Dr. Suzanne Fiala
Family Medicine 30 years experience
Talk to someone.: It's very important that you share this information with your doctor-take along a friend if you need moral support. Not only do you need a health exam and blood tests but you also will benefit from referrals to the right specialists in your area who are experts at treating this serious illness. Please tell - you will receive help and support. There is nothing to fear.
Dr. Ana Adelstein
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
To take a first step, learn more about eating disorders on the website of the National Eating Disorders Alliance (NEDA): http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/
Apr 1, 2013

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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 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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