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Medicine For Teenage Eating Disorder
Eating disorders can occur at any age; no "teenage" eating disorder. Anorexia, bulimia, overeating, & pica are common problems that can occur during teen years. Anorexia is severe calorie restriction and/or overexercise leading to dangerously low body weight; bulimia is binging and purging; excessive eating least to obsesity; pica is eating non-food substances such as ...Read more
Possibly: Severe calorie restriction during the normal growth period definitely can affect ultimate height if it last long enough. Once the growth plates on the long bones close, growth is over, and changes in nutrition after that will have no effect on height. The teen years are a crucial time for lots of developmental changes; height is only one of them. ...Read more
Absolutely: Malnutrition during a critical growth period such as early adolescence absolutely can delay height growth. Anorexia, inadequately treated, definitely can result in malnutrition. Growth occurs only during a defined period of time. Once that period has passed, one cannot "catch up, " even if eating goes back to normal. ...Read more
Not major factor: Eating disorders occur largely in women (90%) in industrialized societies with lots of food and an idealized female form that emphasizes thinness. It is especially common in teens, with new onset spiking first around puberty and again in late teens. Not surprisingly, risk increases with those who are dissatisfied with their body image and are highly perfectionistic. ...Read more
Not age dependent: Eating disorders can occur at any age; no "teenage" eating disorder. Anorexia, bulimia, overeating, & pica are common problems that can occur during teen years. Anorexia is severe calorie restriction and/or overexercise leading to dangerously low body weight; bulimia is binging and purging; excessive eating least to obsesity; pica is eating non-food substances such as dirt or paint chips. ...Read more
Addiction & Family: Eating disorders in teens may be associated with addictions and compulsive behavior in their families (including grandparents and parents, even those with whom the teen has no direct contact). ...Read more
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
You may not be able: To tell! If you suspect it, try to have her evaluated by a psychiatrist with experience in eating disorders. ...Read more
Not real high: The national institute of mental health estimates eating disorders in adolescents to be about 1.7% (1 in 60), counting anoerxia, bulimia, and other disorders centered on poor eating. If one counts obesity as an eating disorder, then the number in the us skyrocket, because that has risen to nearly 20% by age 18 now. ...Read more
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
Anorexia: Look for signs like preoccupation with weight, dieting and exercise; ritual behavior like frequent hand washing; complaint of headaches, constipation, amenorrhea (no period); if the teen outright views themselves as fat when they obviously are not. Frequently they will try to hide their body by wearing baggy clothes or will lie about when they last ate. ...Read more
Not Unusual: It is not a guarantee, but the tendency is for eating disorders to become less severe as people move into adulthood. ...Read more
Seeking attention: This means they are trying to seek attention. In reality eating disorders have become extremely common particularly in teenage girls and can easily become a lifelong problem. There are many reasons for this but it is partially related to the constant media promotion of very thin models. This is not healthy and I would not blame the problem on attention seeking but would seek counseling. ...Read more
Is the 12 step program for eating disorders similar to the 12 step program for alcoholics/drug users?
Yes: The steps are largely the same. All 12 -step groups are based on the same steps. Admitting they were powerless over their illness/problem. And admitting that a power greater than themselves could restore them to sanity. Then following a series of steps to come to terms with their past actions and to enable them to lead fruitful productive lives and to be of service to others who suffered simil. ...Read more
Cutting: "I Never Promised You A Rose Garden." ...Read more
Not much, really: While all eating disorders peak during teenage years, especially for young women, spontaneous remission is not common as sufferers age. Disorders may take on new characteristics, such as conversion of anorexia to bulimia, but the core disturbance of the disorder - a profound disturbance is the sense of self - remains. Early treatment can be life savings as mortality rates approach 10%. ...Read more
Fam health movement: Make it a family health movement, so your teen is not alone. Your physician can recommend a nutritionist who can educate you and your teen on a balanced diet. Start some family group exercise like walks, dance parties, etc. If you believe your teen is showing signs of an ed, consult with a mental health professional. Neda is a great ed resource. ...Read more
On www. Drugs. Com it says not to take wellbutrin (bupropion) if you have an eating disorder. Why?
I'm starting to loose teeth from 12 years of drug use (5 months clean now) and an eating disorder what can I do to save those I have left?
Schedule an Exam: You should schedule an exam with a dentist as soon as possible to figure out which teeth can be saved. ...Read more
Hi, I have black circles around my eye area and this is an effect of my eating disorder. Should I be taking any medicine? Thank you
Eating Disorder: If you have an eating disorder you need a treatment team to help you manage your eating, nutrition and overall health. Consult your doctor for referrals and read the updated articles on bulimia and anorexia on the soundmindz. Org web site for ongoing education and support. My best. ...Read more
I've been struggling very badly with binge eating and it's cause me to become depressed. My doctor says I have a binge eating disorder but she precribed me lexapro. Do you think this is the right medicine for my problem?
Certainly can: While more common in women, men certainly can suffer eatng disorders. They may be more uncomfortable about seeking treatment or talking to their doctor. Nonetheless they can suffer the same serious health consequences and can benefit from treatment. See: http://cpancf. Com/eatingdisorders. Asp. ...Read more
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
Anyone: Anorexia nervosa, bulemia, & other eating disorders are potentially life-threatening diseases best treated by providers who have substantial clinical experience in dealing, on both an outpatient and inpatient basis, with the conditions. There are centers of excellence at many tertiary institutions that combine the expertise of many specialists--find one near you please and get help soon. ...Read more
EDs ; Genetics: Research has found a genetic link to eating disorders. This link has a nice overview that's also available in audio. Http://www. Webmd. Com/mental-health/anorexia-nervosa/features/anorexia-bulimia-genetic-code. ...Read more