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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Eating Disorder (Definition)

A psychiatric condition characterized by abnormal eating habits and dysfunctional relationship with food. Examples of eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia ...Read more


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What are some emotional symptoms seen in eating disorders?

What are some emotional symptoms seen in eating disorders?

Non specific: A variety or emotional issues increase the risk of eating disorders, including depression, poor self esteem, & poor body image. Prior sexual abuse also increases the risk. A poor ability to label and talk about feelings also seems to be a factor. ...Read more

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What are signs of an eating disorder in a teen?

What are signs of an eating disorder in a teen?

Weight, Body Image: Teens with eating disorders will often be overaly preoccupied with issues related to wieght and body image. They may be secretive about the way they deal with food. There may be self-induced vomiting, excessive laxative use, or unhealthy approaches to food. If a teen is losing weight to the point of being unhealthy, an eating disorder should be suspected if possibilities have been ruled out. ...Read more

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Is there one or multiple psychological disorders associated with being emotionally disturbed?

Is there one or multiple psychological disorders associated with being emotionally disturbed?

Many, Many: There are so many ways to be emotionally disturbed, and also many ways to describe these. The diagnostic and statistical manual contains the criteria and much research on the many psychiatric/psychologic disorders one might develop. All of these cause suffering, and deserve care and treatment. ...Read more

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Why are eating disorders the most deadly psychological illness?

Anything that under-: mines the physical body compromises the brain, which is directly connected (and forms a two-way communication with the body). The more something impacts the very mechanism that regulates survival, the more risk of death. Mental illness like anxiety, phobias don't have this impact as much. Major depression does, as does schizophrenia, and these death rates are higher, but not like ED's. ...Read more

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Can pica be a result of recovering from another eating disorder such as bulimia or anorexia?

Can pica be a result of recovering from another eating disorder such as bulimia or anorexia?

Possibly: Multiple eating disorders can be diagnosed in the same patient. Pica, however is more commonly seen alone & can indicate your diet is not providing nutrients needed for your body - maybe because of improper diet, maybe because of an undiagnosed disease, or any number of reasons. Blood work & "detective" work on your non-food cravings by your md can help figure the cause & find a solution. ...Read more

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Is there a common age for eating disorders?

Is there a common age for eating disorders?

No.: Although many people associate eating disorders with teenage girls, the reality is that people of all ages, ethnicities and genders can develop eating disorders. In my practice I treat several men in their 60s who suffered for decades and didn't seek help, thinking they had a "girl's" problem. Many eating disorders start in the teenage years or in young adulthood, but not all. ...Read more

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Have heard of anorexia, and bulimia. But are there other common eating disorders?

Have heard of anorexia, and bulimia. But are there other common eating disorders?

Eating disorders: Anorexia and bulimia are the most life-threatening eating disorders. Others include binge eating disorder and, of course, obesity. Less common eating issues also exist, like pica, which involves eating non-food items (e.g. Dirt) and "orthorexia, " in which only the "right" foods can be eaten (only organic, local, vegan, etc.). Note : intense exercise to purge is an aspect of an eating disorder. ...Read more

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What are some psychiatric disorders that involve sleep but is not a sleep disorder?

What are some psychiatric disorders that involve sleep but is not a sleep disorder?

Psych and Insomnia: Depression can cause insomnia or hypersomnia, bipolar mania can cause decreased need foe sleep and insomnia anxiety can cause racing thoughts and insomnia stimulants, caffeine later in the day can cause insomnia cocaine, meth can cause insomnia for days marijuana can cause hypersomnia etc these are general guidelines and it is not confirmatory. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a developing post traumatic stress disorder?

What are symptoms of a developing post traumatic stress disorder?

PTSD: Ptsd can develop after you've seen or experienced a traumatic event that involved the threat of injury or death. Symtpoms include reliving the event through flashbacks, repeated nightmares & memories of event, etc; avoidance or emotional numbing, feeling detached, having no interest in usual activities; and arousal -- difficulty concentrating, falling/staying asleep, startling, & hypervigilance. ...Read more

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Is there any link between people with Cluster A personality traits and eating disorders?

Cluster A: personality traits may refer to specific personality test results that I'm not familiar with. Best to see a mental health professional who specializes in eating disorders to understand you situation best and get the support you need. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What are different personality disorders that fall under or are caused by borderline personality disorder?

What are different personality disorders that fall under or are caused by borderline personality disorder?

Borderline: Cluster b personality disorders are dramatic and erratic in behaviors. It includes borderline, antisocial & histrionic personalities. ...Read more

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What is a bigger cause of eating disorders: media or emotional problems?

Emotional Problems: We all know that the media can have a significant influence on culture, including issues related to body image. However, pre-existing or concurrent emotional problems are still a bigger issue as a contributing factor for eating disorders. ...Read more

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Is there any link in bulimia or binge eating and a spleen laceration?

Is there any link in bulimia or binge eating and a spleen laceration?

Perhaps: So much strain on the body during the vomiting sessions. You need to get help and work on modification techniques ...Read more

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What are some emotional symptoms that cause eating disorders ?

Non specific: A variety or emotional issues increase the risk of eating disorders, including depression, poor self esteem, & poor body image. Prior sexual abuse also increases the risk. A poor ability to label and talk about feelings also seems to be a factor. ...Read more

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What are skin abnormalities after excessive dieting (like in eating disorders)?

What are skin abnormalities after excessive dieting (like in eating disorders)?

Many Changes: Excessive dieting usually leads to nutritional deficiencies that can affect the appearance and strength of skin. Dryness, flaking, easy bruising, redness, sores, pimples, rashes, hairloss, mouth sores, and nail abnormalities can all occur with excessive dieting. ...Read more

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Are certain personality characteristics more common in individuals with eating disorders?

Somewhat: Anorexia folks restrict food, are socially inept, have separation anxiety and a distorted body image body, they are often rigid, obsessive compulsive and depressed in their personality style. If anorectics binge & purge, they share characteristics with bulimic people - impulse control, substance abuse, personality disorders (like borderline personality). Suicide's more common in bingers & purgers. ...Read more

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A friend constantly mentions abnormal thoughts, such as having ghosts following them. Could this be linked to schizophenia or other related disorders?

A friend constantly mentions abnormal thoughts, such as having ghosts following them. Could this be linked to schizophenia or other related disorders?

This depends : Does your friend really see ghosts? if so, then she is fine. If you suspect she is having a problem with reality and cant tell the difference and understand some things, ask her if shes thought of going to a psychiatrist or go with her to the doctor and discuss your concerns. Some doctors are more experienced with this issue like myself and and point you in the right direction. ...Read more

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What are the risk factors for binge eating disorder?

What are the risk factors for binge eating disorder?

Anyone who had a: controlling parent, who food shamed, was controlling with their food/appearance, nearly most diagnosis/and problems/stressors can predispose you to this issue. Its a matter of preference for food and how tolerant you are with binging and throwing up. ...Read more