What is Anorexia nervosa
What is Anorexia nervosa.
Anorexia nervosa is a serious and potentially life-threatening eating disorder characterised by a persistent restriction of food intake, an intense fear of gaining weight or becoming fat, and a distorted body image. Individuals with anorexia nervosa often have a significantly low body weight, and may engage in extreme behaviours to avoid gaining weight or to lose weight, such as excessive exercise or purging.
Symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa
The symptoms of anorexia nervosa can vary, but typically include a significant weight loss, an obsession with food and calories, and a distorted perception of body shape and size. Other symptoms may include:
- Refusal to maintain a healthy body weight
- Obsessive thoughts about food, weight, and body image
- Compulsive exercising or other physical activity
- Avoidance of social situations involving food
- Intense fear of gaining weight
- Distorted perception of body size or shape
- Development of rituals around food or eating
- Irregular menstrual periods (in women)
Effects of Anorexia Nervosa
Anorexia nervosa can have severe physical and emotional consequences if left untreated. Individuals with anorexia nervosa are at risk of malnutrition, which can lead to various health problems, including anemia, weakened immune system, heart problems, and kidney failure. In severe cases, anorexia nervosa can be fatal.
In addition to physical health problems, anorexia nervosa can also lead to a range of emotional and psychological issues. Individuals with anorexia nervosa may experience depression, anxiety, and social isolation, and may struggle with low self-esteem and feelings of worthlessness.
Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa
Treatment for anorexia nervosa typically involves a combination of medical care, psychotherapy, and nutritional counselling. In severe cases, hospitalisation may be necessary to address the physical health issues associated with anorexia nervosa.
Psychotherapy, including cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) and family-based therapy, can help individuals with anorexia nervosa address the underlying psychological and emotional issues that contribute to their eating disorder. Nutritional counselling can also help individuals with anorexia nervosa develop healthy eating habits and address any nutrient deficiencies caused by their restrictive diet.
Anorexia nervosa is a serious and complex eating disorder that can have severe physical and emotional consequences. It is important to seek help from qualified mental health professionals if you or someone you know is struggling with anorexia nervosa. With the right treatment and support, individuals with anorexia nervosa can recover and regain their health and quality of life.
Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder characterised by refusal to maintain a healthy body weight, and an obsessive fear of gaining weight due to a distorted self image which may be maintained by various cognitive biases that alter how the affected individual evaluates and thinks about their body, food and eating. It is a serious mental illness with a high incidence of comorbidity and also the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disorder.
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