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I experience extreme depression at certain times of day, have a history of self injury, milder form of eating disorder. Is this a sig of mental illnes?

I experience extreme depression at certain times of day, have a history of self injury, milder form of eating disorder. Is this a sig of mental illnes?

You know answer: You have described yourself as having a long history of problems with mood and behavior that have caused and are causing you to function much less well than you would like. Impossible to say what, exactly, is going on with just this informatoin, but you definitely deserve the chance to find out by seeking professional help. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Eating Disorder (Definition)

Eating disorder is a psychiatric condition characterized by abnormal eating habits and dysfunctional relationship with food. Examples of eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia ...Read more


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My period is 3 weeks late.. 3 negative hpt. Feel normal jus mild cramping. Lower abdomen flutters, can a small eating disorder and stress cause this?

My period is 3 weeks late.. 3 negative hpt. Feel normal jus mild cramping. Lower abdomen flutters, can a small eating disorder and stress cause this?

Sure.: Stress can definitely influence normal hormone production and disrupt normal menstrual cycling. Also, if you have lost or gained any significant amount of weight, that can disrupt cycling as well. But testing (labs and sono) would be helpful to diagnose for sure. Also, i'm not sure that there is such a thing as a small eating disorder, it may not be as severe as others, but all are serious, des attn. ...Read more

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My period is 3 weeks late.. 3 negative hpt. Feel normal jus mild cramping. Lower abdomen flutters, can a small eating disorder and stress cause this?

My period is 3 weeks late.. 3 negative hpt. Feel normal jus mild cramping. Lower abdomen flutters,  can a small eating disorder and stress cause this?

Yes: Is there such as thing as a small eating disorder? I don't think so.... But weight changes, stress, sleeping problems, etc. Can have an cause menstrual irregularities. Please get a lab pregnancy test.- to be sure you are not preg. Then, ask yourself whether you are trying to have a baby or not. If not, see your gyn about birth control. If you are trying to have a baby the eating disorder needs tx. ...Read more

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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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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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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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Bulimia (Definition)

Bulimia nervosa or "bulimia" is a psychiatric disorder in which a person over eats a lot of food at one time (binging) and then vomits later to purge herself of ...Read more