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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 causes anorexia nervosa?

What causes anorexia nervosa?

Unknown: The exact cause of anorexia nervosa is unknown. As with many diseases, it's probably a combination of biological, psychological and environmental factors. There may be genetic changes that make some people more vulnerable to developing anorexia. Some emotional characteristics may contribute to anorexia. Peer pressure may help fuel the desire to be thin, particularly among young girls. ...Read more

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Help! Anorexia nervosa — what do I do?

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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How to know if I have anorexia nervosa?

How to know if I have anorexia nervosa?

Seek medical ;: Psychiatric eval to know. Do you focus on your weight ; your body? Do you have normal or low weight but think you are fat? Do you skip meals? Weigh yourself often? Keeping looking in the mirror ; are always discontent w your body? Do you starve yourself? Do you over-exercise? Do you use laxatives, diuretics or enemas to control your weight (or make yourself vomit)? ...Read more

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What can I do to treat anorexia nervosa?

What can I do to treat anorexia nervosa?

Support & Knowledge : Once someone w/anorexia starts his/her recovery -starts reversing effects of malnutrition by eating a balanced diet 2get the nutrients the body needs & 2get hormones back in balance- s/he can start 2heal. But recovery can be very tough though & relapse is very common. Really helps 2have good medical/mental health team, 2know a lot re: anorexia; & 2have strong support net. http://www.anad.org. ...Read more

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What are the tests for anorexia nervosa?

What are the tests for anorexia nervosa?

Clinical Diagnosis: An is diagnosed on the basis of a person becoming preoccupied with her or his weight to the point that through food restriction, laxitive abuse, vomiting, extreme exercise or all of the above that leads the person to weight less than 85% expected. There is an intense fear of gaining weight and distorted body image (belief still "fat"). In women, also, lack of periods 3 consecutive cycles. ...Read more

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Help? I believe I have anorexia nervosa?

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 sort of problem is anorexia nervosa?

What sort of problem is anorexia nervosa?

Emotional/physical: Usually females; usually after puberty. Morbid fear of weight gain, abn body image ("I'm fat", even if severely underweight); restrictive intake (semi-starvation); often lose menses; can have a variety of symptoms including feeling cold (no fat stores), apathy/anger, hair thinning, fine hair growth (lanugo); risk for bone loss, relationship problems. Can be w/purging (bulimia), related but diff. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of Anorexia nervosa?

The symptoms of Anorexia nervosa include:: Abnormal heart rhythms, Fatigue, Alopecia, Constipation, Dehydration, Fear of gaining weight, Fracture, Low blood pressure on standing, Low body temperature, Poor concentration, Slow heart rate, Short stature, Tooth decay, Unintentional weight loss, Absent periods. ...Read more

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Is it possible that I have anorexia nervosa?

May be ? What are: Your symptoms? Do you focus on your weight ; your body? Do you have normal or low weight but think you are fat? Do you skip meals? Weigh yourself often? Keeping looking in the mirror ; are always discontent w your body? Do you starve yourself? Do you over-exercise? Do you use laxatives, diuretics or enemas to control your weight (or make yourself vomit)? ...Read more

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What are the real symptoms of anorexia nervosa?

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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What are some risk factors of anorexia nervosa?

What are some risk factors of anorexia nervosa?

Risks of or for?: Here are websites for both:
www.mayoclinic.com/health/anorexia/ds00606/dsection=risk...
Risk factors by mayo clinic staff. Certain risk factors increase the risk of anorexia, including: being female. Anorexia is more common in girls and women. www.choosehelp.com/topics/.../anorexia-nervosa...risks.html
anorexia nervosa, the deadliest mental-health disorder, is a fixation on weight control. ...Read more

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What are some tests for Anorexia nervosa?

What are some tests for Anorexia nervosa?

The tests for Anorexia nervosa include:: Basic metabolic panel, Complete blood count, Electrocardiogram, Estradiol level, Liver function test, Pregnancy test, Free and total testosterone, Thyroid blood tests, Urinalysis, Bone density scan. ...Read more

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How can I fully recovering from anorexia nervosa?

How can I fully recovering from anorexia nervosa?

Change course: If you've learned new approaches to dealing with your frustrations and disturbances that have led to anorexia nervosa, and if you are continually pursuing these new responses, you might be fully recovered or on your way. It is possible to decide to maintain a normal body weight, to get over the fear of gaining weight, and to no longer be disturbed over weight issues or body shape. Treatment helps. ...Read more

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What to do if I may be developing anorexia nervosa?

Please see your: Primary care physician. Be completely honest. S/he will assess to see if you need to referral to an addiction medicine specialist, an eating disorder program, a psychiatrist etc. Take care. ...Read more

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Can you suggest tips for anorexia nervosa recovery?

Anorexia Is serious: Since anorexia is a very serious illness which can lead to death, it is imperative to get professional health. In addition, there are support groups which can be an adjunct to psychotherapy. A team approach with a psychiatrist, psychologist & nutritionist or an intensive day program may be the best way to start. There are some great programs available, use them! ...Read more

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How many people die each year from anorexia nervosa?

Too many: The lifetime mortality rate for those with anorexia nervosa may approach 25%, especially when untreated. It is a very serious and sad condition. Those with an suffer greatly. ...Read more

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What are the best home remedies for anorexia nervosa?

None: Love and support are always the best medicine, but not always the most effective. ...Read more

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Can someone with anorexia nervosa every fully recover?

Can someone with anorexia nervosa every fully recover?

Takes Grit & Support: For someone w/ anorexia, recovery is both physical (eating a balanced diet 2 get the nutrients the body needs & 2 get hormones back in balance) & psychological (finding new ways of coping w/ intense feelings, body image expectations, etc.) recovery can be very tough though & relapse is common, so having good medical/mental health team is the ideal. See anad for information: http://www.Anad. Org. ...Read more

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