I'm worried about a friend who may have an eating disorder - anorexia?

Help eating disorder. 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 him please and get him/her help soon.
Tell her. Tell your friend about your concerns (she will probably dismiss/deny it). If you feel her disorder is serious you may want to inform other people in her life who are more likely to influence her to get an evaluation.

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I'm struggling with an eating disorder (anorexia) and I would like to know what can I do about this?

Hard battle. I am sorry to hear that you are struggling. There has been an increase in eating disorders (particularly anorexia) in people your age. You need to find a therapist with specific talent in anorexia. You can look on edreferral.Com to find local therapists. You may need to travel to massachusetts if you need a higher level of care and there are many good programs there. Read more...

What are signs that you may be developing an eating disorder? Specifically anorexia and possibly bulimia?

Eating disorders. 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 & 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 if you think you are at risk. Read more...

What are eating disorders besides anorexia and bullimia?

Binge Eating. The two you mentioned are the primary eating disorders. Binge eating is currently under research and is characterized by a minimum of 2 binges per week for at least 6 months. A binge is defined as a discrete period of time where an unusually large amount of food is consumed, and the individual feels unable to stop. No inappropriate compensatory methods are use to prevent a weight gain. Read more...
There are several. Obesity is probably the most prevalent eating dsorder in the U.S. One subtype of obsesity is binging without purging. In addition, mostly in younger children and in developmentally delayed individuals, pica, which refers to regularly eating non-food items such as dirt or paint chips, etc., can be a problem. Markedly restricted range of what one will eat also can be a big problem. Read more...

What causes an eating disorder like anorexia or bulimia?

Psychology. I believe the reasons for these are psychological. Many disorders in medicine are ascribed to psychological causations, and are said to be "functional". When doctors cannot find a genetic or chemical cause (organic) they often substitute "psychological" as a cause. In the future there might be a causation identified which is an "organic" and not a "functional" cause. Read more...

Could one with eating disorders such as anorexia be skinny fat?

Typically skinny. Anoxria involve a fear of gaining weight or becoming fat. The person is involved in pesistent behavior that interferes with weight gain, even thought at a signifcantly low level. Anorexia Nervosa leads to low body weight in the context of age, sex, develoment and physical health. Although thin the peson does not recognize themselves or body on self evaluation as being seriously of low weight. Read more...

Can udevolop an eating disorder or anorexia unintentionally? ....W

Absolutely! Even if there are conscious choices initially about purging, an eating disorder is definitely not an "intentional" condition. And, it has to do with more than just body image. Self-esteem, mood, relationships, personality, anxiety, are all factors -- and more! if you even suspect an eating disorder, get expert evaluation and assistance. Quick! Read more...
It is unintentional. I don't think people intentionally develope eating disorder/anorexia. Anorexics often have intense fear of wt gain even they may already be underweight--it is an irrational fear. Despite underwt, they diet, exercise to excess, or use other method to lose wt--such as forced-vomitting after meal etc... Treatment is difficult and require meds and behavior therapy. Please consult doc. Good luck. Read more...
Only way . An eating disorder is a neuropsychiatric problem. No one wants to be sick or disordered. It just happens (for many, many reasons none of which are voluntary). Rarely, people with münchausen syndrome or histrionic disorder will fabricate symptoms for gain. But his is rare, and usually more medically oriented diseases are feigned. Read more...

Have heard of anorexia, and bulimia. But are there other common eating disorders?

Eating disorders. Anorexia and bulimia are the most life-threatening eating disorders. Others include binge eating disorder and, of course, obesity. Less common eating issues also exist, like pica, which involves eating non-food items (e.g. Dirt) and "orthorexia, " in which only the "right" foods can be eaten (only organic, local, vegan, etc.). Note : intense exercise to purge is an aspect of an eating disorder. Read more...

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...

Will anorexia/eating disorders symptoms to loss, trauma happen in the first few months or wouldhappen 12 - 18 months later. If trying to find onset?

Anorexia . Eating disorders, like anorexia and bulimia, can precede the onset of depression, or accompany the disorder. Major Depression may cause lack of appetite or overeating, depending on the case. Usually eating disorders involve a psychological response to your self-image, and cause the behavior of binging, purging or restricting your food intake. Consult with a doctor and a therapist. Both will help. . Read more...
Symptom latency. Reactive symptoms can have long, medium, short or absent latency periods. Remember, it's not the traumatic event itself but your processing of it that results in the symptom. You might feel a need for an exact onset for paperwork, but what you really need is an off-set date. Try therapy w/ an Eating Disorder expert if possible. It's not easy, but possible and worth it. Best! Read more...