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Dr. Alan Ali
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Anorexia Nervosa (Definition)

An emotional disorder characterized by an obsessive desire to lose weight by refusing to ...Read more


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What is anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa difference?

What is anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa difference?

Anoexia/Bulimia: Both are eating disorders and more common in females. Anorexia primarily involves restriction of food intake in order not to gain weight therefore are usually underweight even though they perceive they are fat and bulimia primarily involves frequent binge eating and they are usually normal weight. Anorexia is the more severe disorder and can be lethal. These are the main differences. ...Read more

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Is amenorrhea a result of anorexia?

Is amenorrhea a result of anorexia?

Yes: Women losing weight significantly and rapidly can loose their periods and develop amenorrhea. Amenorrhea is a well recognized consequence of anorexia. ...Read more

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Is vomiting a mandatory symptom for diagnosis of binge eating disorders?

Is vomiting a mandatory symptom for diagnosis of binge eating disorders?

No: Self induced vomiting is the most common method to compensate for binge eating episodes in the purging type of bulimia nervosa. Others include misuse of laxatives. Diuretics, enemas. However there are other methods of compensating which include excessive exercise and fasting classified as the nonpurging type. ...Read more

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Is anorexia a type of suicide?

Is anorexia a type of suicide?

Not intentionally: Most people with anorexia are not overtly trying to kill themselves, although that could be the end result. Usually the goal is to have extreme control over weight and appearance. Perception of how "fat" or thin they are is often severely disturbed. ...Read more

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What is anorexia nervosa vs bulemia?

What is anorexia nervosa vs bulemia?

Similar, Different: Both of these terms have to do with unhealthy ways of dealing with food, body weight, and body composition. Bulimia refers to people who go through cycles of overeating and then using abnormal ways of getting rid of what they've eaten (vomiting, laxative abuse). Anorexia has to do with unhealthy ways of trying to stay underweight (starvation, vomiting, laxatives) without the overeating episodes. ...Read more

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Can you explain, anorexia nervosa is a phsychological eating disorder in which a person reposes to eat?

Biological illness: Anorexia is a Psychiatric disorder, with both biological components and psychological components. Patients with anorexia decrease the amount of food they eat to an extreme, and undergo extreme weight loss, along with many moderate to severe accompanying symptoms. It may, in some cases, be a life threatening illness. ...Read more

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How is a binge-eating disorder differ from bulimia nervosa?

How is a binge-eating disorder differ from bulimia nervosa?

To answer: Binge eating disorder patients purge less often than bulimic patients, however, both need professional help just as much. Also pateints can present with or without puprging at difeerent times. If you know someone with either condition please make sure they contact a specialist who works with a team of counselors, dieticians, primary care docotors and psychitrists for the best care. ...Read more

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Is brain surgery a potential treatment for binge eating disorder?

Is brain surgery a potential treatment for binge eating disorder?

Should not be done: Binge eating disorder is a psychiatric/behavioral disorder, not a neurosurgical disorder. As a specialty, we do not perform psychosurgery as a rule. There are some rare exceptions (ocd). Eating disorders are best managed by counseling and behavior modification. ...Read more

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What etiology is implied when bulimia nervosa (purging type) leads to weight gain?

What etiology is implied when bulimia nervosa (purging type) leads to weight gain?

Calories abs rapidly: Most people with bulemia are normal wt. Depending on what is eaten and time before purge, many calories are absorbed rapidly digestion begins in the mouth. ...Read more

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What is bulimia vs anorexia?

What is bulimia vs anorexia?

Often mixed up: People often mistakenly believe that if you purge (vomit) you have bulimia, but you could have the purging form of anorexia. In general, people with bulimia are of average or higher than average weight. For more details see my lengthy blog and answers on this exact subject at www.Kartiniclinic.Com and click on "kartini blog, " see "most popular blogs". The subject can be complex. ...Read more

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Why is homosexuality no longer considered a mental disorder?

Why is homosexuality no longer considered a mental disorder?

A meeting of the: psychiatric community makes a determination of what conditions are considered a mental disorder. these are published in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. These change every several years. ...Read more

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Which qualifies for being anorexic?

Which qualifies for being anorexic?

Low weight: A refusal to maintain a minimal body weight is key to the disorder (<85% of normal). Extreme fear of obesity and having a distorted and unrealistic view of the size and shape of their body is also noted in the diagnosis. Some anorexics restrict their food intake and exercise to excess to maintain or lose weight, while others binge and purge, or use other inappropriate compensatory measures. ...Read more

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Which treatment is effective for anorexia nervosa?

Which treatment is effective for anorexia nervosa?

U may need several. : Type of treatment , including inpatient and or er. If have it talk with u physician. ...Read more

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Ifa anorexia for obesity is it good for a person that is 480 pounds?

Ifa anorexia for obesity is it good for a person that is 480 pounds?

You need: To look at the mental aspect. Obesity is complex and is not just diet alone. 1. Learn to "love yourself" because emotions enter the equation. 2, get rid of all forms of sugar and sweeteners and restrict your diet only to god made food 3. Anorexia is "loss of appetite" and you cannot stop eating or drinking water---period! ...Read more

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Is there a written test for body dysmorphic disorder?

Is there a written test for body dysmorphic disorder?

No: Body dysmorphic disorder is determined by the presence of symptoms related to misperception and distorted thoughts of one's body shape and perceived unhappiness about one's body. The diagnosis is made based on the presenting history. ...Read more

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Could there be a difference between anorexia and anorexia nervosa?

Could there be a difference between anorexia and anorexia nervosa?

Disorder vs Symptom: Anorexia is a symptom of anorexia nervosa, an eating disorder of excessive weight loss and usually undue concern about body shape. In teens it can also be called anorexia mirabilis which can be quite dangerous. If you or someone you care about suffers from this sort of thing, please do get help. ...Read more

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What is considered involuntary committed to a mental institution ?

What is considered involuntary committed to a mental institution ?

Involuntary commit: Some mental illnesses disturb a person's insight -- and s/he may not recognize his or her own illness. If the person is mentally ill, dangerous to self or others, or not taking care of self, then involuntary hospitalization is needed for treatment. This involves legal commitment processes that differ between states; the person can be detained for certain periods for evaluation, etc. ...Read more

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Is bulimia or anorexia more dangerous?

Both can be fatal: Anorexia is harder to miss, because of the severe weight loss; the effective starvation impairs functions of a lot of body organs. Many with bulimia look fine weight-wise but are abusing their bodies with purging and vomiting, both of which can cause body chemistry problems, sometimes bad enough to be fatal; vomiting can destroy teeth and cause other stomach problems. ...Read more

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Can one recovering from atypical anorexia nervosa with amenorrhea still experience pre-menstrual bloating/acne?

Absolutely : The recovery from anorexia means you have gained enough weight to begin menstruation again, and all the lovely things that come with it! Those symptoms would be two of them. ...Read more

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I have primary amenorrhea. I had anorexia age 15-17. I was healthy weight before and after yet never started. Did anorexia affect primary amenorrhea?

I have primary amenorrhea. I had anorexia age 15-17. I was healthy weight before and after yet never started. Did anorexia affect primary amenorrhea?

Get tested: Fully half of those with primary amenorrhea have a chromosome defect like XO Turners syndrome.Others may have a partial or complete defect in the formation of the internal parts. There are other causes but your first step is to get in and be tested. Anorexia can alter the pattern, but you should have started by 15. (before your anorexia) ...Read more

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Is amenorrhea a result of anorexia?

Yes: Women losing weight significantly and rapidly can loose their periods and develop amenorrhea. Amenorrhea is a well recognized consequence of anorexia. ...Read more

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Could amenorrhea of almost 3 years be caused by Addison's Disease? I am also recovering from anorexia, have celiac's disease, & low b.p. (8os/50s)

Could amenorrhea of almost 3 years be caused by Addison's Disease? I am also recovering from anorexia, have celiac's disease, & low b.p. (8os/50s)

Addison's: Based on what you report you need urgent attention. Best to start by having someone drive you to the nearest Emergency facility. Initial evaluation will decide your next move. Best of luck - all should be OK once evaluation and decisions are made. ...Read more

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Help! anorexia nervosa - what do I do?

Treatment: An eating disordet specialist is ideal. I recommend a combination of medication, dietician, primary care physician and psychologist for counseling. A team approach is what is called for, and in cases where one has a dangerously low weight, hospitization is needed to prevent death. ...Read more

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Help? I believe I have anorexia nervosa?

See medical attentio: If you think you have and eating disorder, see your physician promptly. Persons with anorexia nervosa are below the average weight of that age group, have a distorted body image and feel that they still too fat in the midst of obvious low weight. It is a serious disorder that needs intervention as soon as possible. ...Read more

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What are the real symptoms of anorexia nervosa?

Anorexia Nervosa: Not eating or drinking any liquids with calories. Memorizing tthe calorie count of every known food substance. A fast weight loss. Extreme exertion--fitness schedulepushing food around on a plate, but not eating it. Denial of any problem. The patient feels great success at the weight loss.The patient has a distorted image of her'himself in the mirror-really doesn't see a problem with thinness. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have anorexia nervosa and not know it?

Yes: Many people have anorexia, but believe they are too heavy. Poor insight into the problem is one characteristic of the illness and what makes its treatment challenging. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: anorexia nervosa?

Symptoms of Anorexia: Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder in which a person refuses to maintain a normal body weight, has a fear of being fat, and significantly misperceives their body weight or shape. People with anorexia tend to be female (about 90%). Patients are unaware that their preoccupation with weight is abnormal. They tend to see their low weight as an achievement, which limits their motivation to change. ...Read more

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I think I may have anorexia nervosa, how do I bestget over it?

I think I may have anorexia nervosa, how do I bestget over it?

HUGE Step 2Ask 4Help: See the get help pg of website of the natl assn of anorexia nervosa & related disorders (neda) http://bit.Ly/16crmyh. Call their helpline: (630) 577-1330. Email them: [email protected] Neda can help u connect w/eating disorder experts...People who'll understand ur fears while helping u focus on the future...On the life & relationships u want 2build. People who'll help u discover new ways of being. ...Read more

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What if an emaciated person with anorexia nervosa asks me on how she looks like, how should I respond?

Honest- tactful: I think it is fair to be honest in a tactful manner. People with anorexia nervosa have distorted body images & reality based feedback can be beneficial. Just do so gently. Take care. ...Read more

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What's the best treatment for anorexia nervosa?

What's the best treatment for anorexia nervosa?

Multidisciplinary!: Regardless of the age or sex of the patient, a team of clinicians working together to address the various aspects of this disease is key. This may include a nurse, pediatrician/family physician, psychiatrist, therapist and nutritionist/dietician. The severity of the symptoms will determine if this occurs in hospital or as an outpatient. ...Read more

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Which treatment is effective for anorexia nervosa?

U may need several. : Type of treatment , including inpatient and or er. If have it talk with u physician. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Lang
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Amenorrhea (Definition)

Amenorrhea = absence or missing at least ...Read more