Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder defined by an unusual food limitation and unreasonable fright about gaining even a small amount of weight. A sense of misconstrued body self-perception is an indicator of this disorder. People who suffer from this disorder normally experience severe weight loss, and it tends to affect more women than men. It all comes down to fear: Because of a fear of gaining weight, people experiencing this disorder will limit the quantity of food that they would normally eat. As a result of this limitation of food, both hormonal and metabolic disorders will follow. Here's all you need to know about anorexia nervosa.
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About Anorexia Nervosa
Anorexia nervosa is characterized by on-going efforts to lose weight, sometimes to the degree of actual starvation. Someone dealing with this disorder will show a great quantity of signs and symptoms that will help with diagnosis. One symptom is the refusal to keep a healthy and typical body mass index for their age; another symptom is amenorrhea in women, which is the absence of three successive menstrual cycles. Purging is also a big, telltale sign of this disorder. It can involve self-induced vomiting, using diet pills and laxatives, going to the bathroom right after eating in order to throw up and so quickly get rid of any calories.
Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa
While there's no conclusive proof that any type of treatment for this disorder works better than others, there's still adequate evidence to indicate that early treatment and intervention are most effective. Treatment revolves around getting the person back to a healthy weight, addressing the psychological ills that led to the disorder, and getting rid of the poisonous thoughts that led to the disorganized pattern of eating. Working on the person's diet is the most essential part of treatment because it has to be customized to individual needs.
Post Rehabilitation of Anorexia Nervosa
The prognosis for a long-term resolution of this disorder is actually quite favourable, which is the good news. The time it takes for this disorder to run its entire course is actually just under 2 years, which means it isn't the chronic illness that some make it out to be. Still the risk of relapse is the highest in the first year after returning to a healthy body weight. Therefore, it can be a good idea to see a counsellor or therapist as you are recovering, to make sure that you don't lapse back into the same patterns of destructive thinking that caused the eating problems in the first place.
Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder that has strong ties to psychological disturbances. It's not a death sentence by any means, and relatively few people who suffer this disorder die from it. The majority can and do recover, but it takes a lot of time, patience, support, counselling and learning healthy eating habits and patterns. If not treated immediately, this specific disorder can only get worse. This is mainly due to the ravenous effects of food deprivation and unhealthy eating on the human body.
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