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Why isn't extreme body building considered a mental disorder but anorexia and others is?

Why isn't extreme body building considered a mental disorder but anorexia and others is?

Anorexia and muscle: Excellent question and observation! the reality is that both conditions share the following, body image disturbance, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, physiological disruption (anorexia leading to cardiac problem etc) (body building use of steroids etc). The problem is that anorexia is more life threatening requiring medical attention. If body building is an illness what would happen to its industry. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Anorexia Nervosa (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Help please! is anorexia a mental disorder or not?

Help please! is anorexia a mental disorder or not?

It depends: Anorexia (this word alone, mistakenly used sometimes as synonym of anorexia nervosa) is just a symptom, with different possible causes. But anorexia nervosa technically is defined as mental disorder. So we should know first which one you are referring to. ...Read more

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Can anorexia be caused by something physical rather than mental?

Can anorexia be caused by something physical rather than mental?

YES: Endocrinopathies(hyperthyroid, diabetes.Etc) gastrointestinal diseases, malignancy, HIV and other infections, advanced cardiac, pulmonary, and renal disease, neurologic diseases, systemic inflammatory disorders, psychiatric disorders, drugs. ...Read more

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If you have recovered from anorexia physically do you still remain anorexic mentally?

If you have recovered from anorexia physically do you still remain anorexic mentally?

You Write Your Story: 4 someone w/ anorexia, recovery is both physical (eating balanced diet 2get the nutrients the body needs, get hormones back in balance) and psychological (finding new ways of coping w/ intense feelings, body image expectations, etc) recovery can b very tough & relapse is common. The medical+psychological support u get or find & the meaning u take from ur experience will shape the story u tell. ...Read more

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Why is it that Anorexia is so hard to accept, people react very differently to other mental illnesses, and doctors don't like to treat . ?

Why is it that Anorexia is so hard to accept, people react very differently to other mental illnesses, and doctors don't like to treat . ?

Denial Factor: It is hard to accept as the person who suffers from Anorexia is often in denial.Many Doctors find it hard to treat Anorexia as they do not have enough experience to treat it. It is better treated by a Psychiatrist as it involves behaviour therapy . Goal is to have healthy eating habits and healthy weight. Severe cases need to be hospitalisedto correct biochemical abnormalities& may require specia ...Read more

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Will a person with anorexia nervosa be sectioned under the mental health act?

Will a person with anorexia nervosa be sectioned under the mental health act?

Have a year while: I read the aca and the additional 15 , 000 pages of rules? We ' ll have to see what happens when it's rolled out. For now, just see if you can sign up and remain optimistic about it since mental health has achieved parity, which should work in your favor. Meanwhile those of us in solo practice have not been told what our participation status is, if any. ...Read more

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When does an eating disorder such as anorexia because a concern for medical intervention either physically or mentally ?

When does an eating disorder such as anorexia because a concern for medical intervention either physically or mentally ?

Interferes with life: An eating disorder is a probem requiring inervention of some sort when it interferes with a person's life, work, relationships, or health. Medical complications can include bone thinning, and even heart problems - so don't hesitate to talk with your doctor if you are concerned about yourself or someone you care about. ...Read more

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Can i recover from anorexia and depression without mental health professionals or doctors?

Can i recover from anorexia and depression without mental health professionals or doctors?

U Can, But Huge Risk: Call nat'l assn of anorexia nervosa & related disorders (neda) helpline: (630) 577-1330. About 24 million people in us have an ed. Anorexia nervosa = the most fatal mental disorder: about 10% w/ anorexia die from suicide/starvation/metabolic failure/other. Those w/eds often resist/refuse treatment &/or often relapse. Quality care can be hard to get b/c of cost. More via neda: http://bit.Ly/16crmyh. ...Read more

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Is a loss of a significant love complicated by reoccurrence of anorexia after 10 years a depression really a mental illness or life occurence?

Best to get help: Either way, it's best to get help if you are having a recurrence of anorexia. Your therapist can help you figure out what the source of the problem is and whether you would benefit from counseling. ...Read more

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Recently been diagnosed with Anorexia and depression from a pyschiatrist at a weight disorder unit, does this mean I have a mental illness?

Terms don't matter: The term "Mental Illness" is not necessary but it is standard. Most Emotional/Behavioral disorders differ from other medical conditions in many ways. But healthcare systems blur the distinctions and Rx's are used so much that it's easy to see why. How you feel and act impacts your body and visa versa. You've developed bad ways of dealing w/ food and also deep misery. Get help to live better, ok? ...Read more