What is Anorexia Nervosa? Anorexia Nervosa Treatment
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What is Anorexia Nervosa? Anorexia Nervosa Treatment

What is anorexia nervosa? What are the Causes of anorexia nervosa? Treatment of anorexia nervosa.

What is Anorexia Nervosa?

Anorexia nervosa is a disease that happens mostly in women than men. Anorexia nervosa which actually means nervous loss of appetite, is a psychological disorder characterized by somatic delusions that you are too fat despite being emaciated. In this disorder people get too concerned about weight loss and show lack of interest in eating. The person who is suffering from Anorexia nervosa always has a feeling or fear of becoming overweight. In Anorexia nervosa, the patients are normally driven by low self esteem and constant self criticism. A person who suffers from Anorexia nervosa or Anorexic thinks he / she is fat but the truth is he / she is severely underweight. Anorexics want to get thin or lean desperately because they think that’s the definition of beauty or good appearance. In this disease, patient often thinks he / she is losing out the control of the life and by controlling the diet, he / she wants to get back the feeling of control in the life.

Causes of Anorexia Nervosa

There are different factors that can cause the Anorexia nervosa. This can be genetic, that means it can happen to anyone whose relatives already have this disorder. Important transitions of life can be a big factor. For example, death of a loved one, break up in relationship, failing in school or work and the stage of adolescence. Some of the psychological issues can be the cause of Anorexia nervosa, such as perfectionism, low self esteem, depression, rigid thinking, sexual abuse, poor body image and feelings of ineffectiveness. Our society plays a big part in it. The constant pressure of getting lean and thin can cause Anorexia nervosa. In our modern society normally it is believed that thin and lean is the standard of beauty for women. Whereas, lean and muscular is the standard for men. For most of the people it is not possible to achieve the ideal figure. But this kind of pressure from the society and the media often disturbs the mental status of many of us and this can lead to Anorexia nervosa. By trying to improve appearance they get involved with excessive dieting and also weight loss.

Anorexia Nervosa Treatment

Anorexia Nervosa is a disease that includes physical and emotional problems. Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa can be a problem because normally anorexics do not recognise the danger of the health condition and treatment begins in the last stage of the disease. Many anorexics are near death before they are forced to get the treatment. The treatment can be differed from individual to individual. Of course first aim is to gain some weight, stabilised the medical condition and then the psychological treatment begins. The patient’s age, overall medical condition, and other psychological problems such as stress, depression – all these factors determine the types of treatments. Psychotherapy such as individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, marital therapy can be used for the treatment of anorexia nervosa. In addition to psychotherapy certain medications can be useful in the treatment of Anorexia Nervosa. Treating Anorexia Nervosa includes educate the anorexics about anorexia, normal eating and nutrition.

Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa is a long process and the patients need strong support and care to overcome from it completely


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Comments (4)

That was a great read! Thank you for sharing that. I rated it up and started to follow you, hope to see you in my list of friends too! Jeff

Well written and good work. I enjoyed it.

I was reminded of Karen Carpenter. Great info my friend.

this is a tragic disease that frequently has an awful outcome