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Who develops eating disorders?

Who develops eating disorders?

Those at risk are: Those with what are called predisposing factors (female, genetic load, cultural). Those don't necessarily make it happen. Problems such as adolescent body image, media and pressure to be thin, poor eating habits, being overweight, abuse especially sexually, harsh criticism from family about weight all contribute. When help is early on, there is less damage both psychologically and physically. ...Read more

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Alprazolam (Definition)

Alprazolam is a short acting benzodiazepine, it does not last long in the system. So when used regularly with multiple doses to treat anxiety, it is associated with inter-dose withdrawal, tolerance and a resulting increase level of baseline anxiety. So in anxiety clinics, we use it only in cases of " flight, dentist or other infrequent anxieties, ...Read more


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How is it that eating disorders start?

Rewarding: At some point, all maladaptive behavior that is maintained was reinforced/rewarded. Be it a reward of removing something painful (e. G, feeling out of control & exerting control not eating; removing guilt from binging through purging) or adding something pleasurable (e.g., receive complements for loss of weight). Nearly all behavior results from genetics + environment + experience + reward. ...Read more

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What understanding of eating disorders?

What understanding of eating disorders?

Laura Hill via TED: Watch dr laura hill's ted talk "eating disorders from the inside out." summary: "calm, pleasure & satisfaction is what most people experience after eating. But 4 people w/ eating disorders, food brings anxiety, disturbance & noise." watch here: http://bit. Ly/169jpxk. ...Read more

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Are eating disorders a recent phenomenon?

Are eating disorders a recent phenomenon?

No: It can be traced back to the an isn't greek and egyptian. ...Read more

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Is there a biological basis for eating disorders?

Is there a biological basis for eating disorders?

Yes: Biologic, but not necessarily genetic. Women are more likely to have eating disorders than men, especially anorexia nervosa. In twins generally, if one has it the other has a higher chance of having it. That could be more sociological than genetic, especially when raised together. Sisters have a higher rate for that reason. Major mood disorders are higher in these families. Sexual abuse is common. ...Read more

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What are danger signs of teenage eating disorders?

Several signs: Evidence of binging, restricting or purging: including but not limited to rapid weight gain or loss, eating large quantities of food, eating small quantities of food, non-prescribed use of laxatives or diuretics, excessive exercise, obsession with food or weight. ...Read more

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What are the underlying causes of eating disorders?

What are the underlying causes of eating disorders?

Eating disorder: There is no one single cause. It is combination of the "nature and nurture", which is the combination of biological/genetic and social and psychological factors. ...Read more

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What are the ways that eating disorders affect you?

What are the ways that eating disorders affect you?

Depends on disorder: Anorexia nervosa has highest rate of mortality of any psychiatric disorder. Associated with severe malnutrition, bone loss, lack of menstrual cycling, cardiac alterations. Purging associated with esophageal tear. ...Read more

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What is your opinion on eradicating eating disorders?

Eradicating?: I'm not sure eating disorders can be "eradicated, " since that implies that no one would ever develop them again. But they can certainly be treated when present, and need to be. A team approach with psychiatrists, psychologists, nutritionists, etc is often best. Some early warning signs can be heeded also, to prevent more entrenched illness. Eating disorders can be deadly if not addressed. ...Read more

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What is the earliest ages that eating disorders begin?

Adolescence onward: Most people with eating disorders first develop significant symptoms in adolescence. There are some reports of eating disorders that develop before puberty, people with early onset may have a more serious disorder and early onset may be becoming more frequent. It is very unusual for an eating disorder to develop before age 9 or 10. ...Read more

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Please explain what are the causes of eating disorders?

Please explain what are the causes of eating disorders?

There R various: Causes. Although most of the symptoms revolve around weight eds r about body image ; feelings of lack of self worth. Causality is different for each person, but the conflicts around food often arise from early interactions between infants/young children ; their caregivers. Some eds r a reaction 2 sexual abuse ; a desire 2 look like a child or 2 b overweight ; therefore, less attractive 2 an abuser. ...Read more

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What are the warning signs, symptoms of eating disorders?

Preoccupation: Eating disorders share a preoccupation with food, either consuming, restricting or purging it. ...Read more

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I think I may have eating disorders. What would that mean?

I think I may have eating disorders. What would that mean?

Depends: Eating disorders include bulimia and anorexia nervosa. Bulimia can wear down dental enamel, affect gastric motility and cause electrolyte imbalances. Anorexia can cause malnutrition, muscle wasting and muscle imbalance. ...Read more

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What are the ways that eating disorders affect you socially?

Varies: The answer to your question could be quite lengthy because there are numerous possibilities. Since there are several types of eating disorders and various effects on people the social impacts could be discussed in a lengthy volume. ...Read more

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Are there any cases in which eating disorders cannot be treated?

Perhaps: However, when a behavioral treatment does not work, it is often because it is the wrong one. Better treatment matching is a consummate skill. One needs to avoid providers who limit their approaches or who want to blame the patient for failure. ...Read more

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What are the ramifications of eating disorders on a person's health?

What are the ramifications of eating disorders on a person's health?

Eating disorders: They can be a physical health problem because being overweight or underweight physically taxes the body and can be lethal in extreme vases of morbid obesity or anorexia. The eating is a physical manifestation of unprocessed, and often deeply conflicted emotions that can be quite extreme in some patients. ...Read more

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Do ballerinas have high rates of eating disorders?

Ballet eating dis: Yes that are at increased risk - as are many women who participate in activities where small/thin bodies are prized or advantageous ...Read more

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Is eating disorders genetic?

Nature vs Nurture: You can inherit characteristics that make you susceptible to ED or increase your risk, but you may also be observing disorder behavior & maladaptive coping skills. Example, if you are at risk for anxiety due to parent's history, you might have observed their manner of coping through the use of food. Through genetics & observed behavior you might also be diagnosed w/anxiety and/or eating disorder. ...Read more

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Are any types of eating disorders genetic?

Are any types of eating disorders genetic?

Somewhat yes: Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder are thought to have a significant genetic component. The specifics are not yet understood. These conditions, are "complex" genetic conditions in which a number of genes interact with each other and the environment to result in both traits that protect and/or make one vulnerabie to the condition. ...Read more

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Could therapy help treat eating disorders?

Eating disorders: Yes, therapy could help. The best way to find out is to find a therapist in your area who specializes in eating disorders (google, professional organizations, your family doctor), and get an assessment. Help is definitely available! ...Read more

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Are there genetic causes of eating disorders?

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Are there genetic causes of eating disorders?

Eating DO: The specific causes are unknown. It is however believed to be combination of biological (such as genetic predisposition), psychological (such as self-image distortions), &/or environmental factors (such as social isolation, early maltreatment, cultural, peer pressure). As I tell my patients, "genetics loads the gun, environment pulls the trigger". ...Read more

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What are the effects of eating disorders if vegan?

What are the effects of eating disorders if vegan?

Eating DO in vegans: I suspect eating disorders to be no different whether u r vegetarian or not. The patterns of binging, purging & restricting diets would have as negative consequences as others. ...Read more

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What are some early indicators of eating disorders?

Many signs: Eating too much or too little. Some people starve and then the eat as much as they can or opposite. ...Read more

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What is the cause of eating disorders like anorexia?

What is the cause of eating disorders like anorexia?

A mix: Psychiatric illnesses occur when a combination of risk factors collide. The most common factors include your genes, your family upbringing and culture, and your thoughts. Eating disorders can also be caused by the simple process of losing too much weight. This had been noted in pow's in vietnam and other wars where healthy soldiers who had lost weight would further restrict while in prison camps! ...Read more

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Would eating disorders exist if there was no mass media?

It'a a trigger: While there is extreme pressure to look a certain way due to mass media, eating disorders have much deeper psychological origins. Many times eating disorders have to do with a fundamental need for control. Your question is a good one though, mass media is probably one of the main triggers that aid in the development of eating disorders. ...Read more

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Will my emotional health be affected by eating disorders?

Will my emotional health be affected by eating disorders?

Likely: People who struggle with eating disorders have a very rate rate of mood-related problems, most often depression. There is also a higher risk of problems with anxiety. ...Read more

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Heard more seniors have eating disorders now. What kind? Why?

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Elderly Eating DO: Those are similar to young ones, except that elderly rely more on laxatives than on vomiting. Elderly face unique challenges such as illnesses that prevent them from eating, poor dentures, loss of taste or smell, medications that lower their appetite, or poor memory due to dementia, or due to not being able to cook or feed themselves or neglect. Also, sadness at losing caregivers & seeking attenti. ...Read more

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What do you suggest for eating disorders vs hypothyroid meds?

What do you suggest for eating disorders vs hypothyroid meds?

The Refrew Center: Http://renfrewcenter. Com/ is an inpatient treatment facility for eating disorders. If your situation is manageable as an outpatient you can see a licensed mental health professional who specializes in eating disorders. Please contact your state psychological association or the american psychological association for help. Peace and good health. ...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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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


Xanax (Definition)

Alprazolam is a short-acting benzodiazepine which is a kind of sleep-inducing drug ...Read more