Anorexia Nervosa

I am hungry to find a cure for self-starvation. Are you?

What actually is anorexia?

Anorexia is a serious mental disease that involves compulsive dieting, drastic weight loss, and emaciation. This disease can make people delusional, distorting their sense of reality.

Doctors used to believe that anorexia was a conscious choice, and blamed anorexics for intentionally harming themselves, but soon realized that the root cause could be in the victim's genetics, personality type, hormones, brain chemistry--even their environment or society.

Anorexia affects an estimated 2.5 million people in the United States alone, and it has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.

As much as 90 percent of anorexics are girls and young women which, in turn, makes three to ten percent of all women anorexic. However uncommon, males are also vulnerable to the disease and their percentage is also on the rise.

Common Symptoms

The most recognizable symptom of anorexia is a person's burning desire to become thinner, resulting in compulsive exercise and obsessive dieting. That, however, is not the only warning sign. Others include graying or yellowing skin, brittle hair or hair falling out, low blood pressure, severe depression, constant fatigue, trouble sleeping, plummeting body temperature, always feeling cold, moodiness, and the feeling of social withdrawal.

Possible Treatments

No medications are said to have worked well to treat anorexia, although certain processes, like psychotherapy, nutrition counseling, and installing a feeding tube, seem to be at least somewhat effective.

PSYCHOTHERAPY- a type of therapy to solve emotional problems, involving openly talking to a nonjudgmental, trained therapist.

NUTRITION COUNSELING- an ongoing process in which a health professional, usually a registered dietitian, works with an individual to assess his or her usual dietary intake and identify areas where change is needed.

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD)

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