A Psychological Disorder
Defining Psychological Disorders
The major classifications
Schizophrenia: abnormal social behavior and failure to recognize what is real.
Anxiety disorder: continual fear or uneasiness of or in response to an imagined danger.
Mood disorder: a disturbance in a person's mood to the extent of distress and lesser functioning.
Dissociative disorder: separation of feelings, memories or emotions.
Somatic symptom disorder: physical symptoms with no physical cause.
Personality disorder: disruptive patterns of personality traits that negatively impact one's life.
- self-esteem related to body image
- severely low body weight and resistance to maintain a healthy weight
- inability to notice and/or accept the severity of the situation
- intense fear of weight gain
- obsession with weight and food
- severe measures taken to prevent weight gain and/or induce weight loss
Facts and Data
- the majority of anorexics are young women.
- most commonly diagnosed in middle to upper-class caucasians.
- anorexia is the third most common long-term illness among teens
- 10-15% of sufferers are male
- 95% of people with an eating disorder are between the ages of 12-26 years old
- Anorexia is the most common cause of death in women ages 15-24 years old