What is anorexia nervosa?

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder that typically onsets during adolescence. These wholesale nfl jerseys patients have an abnormal sense of body image, where they think of themselves as overweight when they are actually below normal weight. They are terrified of becoming obese. They refuse to maintain a normal body weight.

What are the signs and symptoms of anorexia nervosa?

As this is mainly a psychological disorder, the earliest symptom is an obsession about body weight, even when the weight is normal or already below the normal. Cheap Oakleys Sunglasses Patients may complain about other health problems such as bloating, constipation or abdominal symptoms. Other signs and symptoms include:

  • normal appetite but a preoccupation with food and diets;
  • denial;
  • treatment resistance;
  • manipulative behaviour;
  • lying;
  • concealed vomiting or binge eating followed by vomiting;
  • concealed use of laxatives (constipation pills) or diuretics(water pills);
  • increased exercise habits;
  • loss of sex drive;
  • lack of menstrual periods (amenorrhea);
  • slow heart beat;
  • low body temperature (hypothermia);
  • low blood pressure;
  • male body hair growth pattern;
  • fine hair growth all over the body (lanugo hair);
  • water retention in tissues;
  • depression;
  • low thyroid hormones;
  • low luteinizing hormones; and
  • high cortisol levels.

How is anorexia nervosa diagnosed?

The physician will take a thorough history and ask pertinent questions surrounding the above mentioned signs and symptoms.

How is anorexia nervosa treated?

This consists of an immediate therapy and a long-term therapy. The first step is to normalize the body chemistry and induce weight gain well above the cut-off line of 75% cheap nfl jerseys of ideal body weight. This is best done in the hospital setting.

Then there is the long-term therapy consisting of a psychiatric assessment and treatment. Oakleys Outlet This usually involves behavioral-cognitive and/or psycho-dynamic treatment methods. If a specialist in eating disorders Deutsche is available, a referral to that resource Fake Ray Bans person should be done.

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