What is Anorexia? Is it dangerous? Can it be treated?


Anorexia nervosa is very lethal psychological and eating disorder that is normally accompanied by a very low weight and an intense desire to be very thin.
Almost all individuals with anorexia think they are somehow overweight meanwhile they may be completely underweight.
Individuals with anorexia often eat very small amount of food and are quite selective when it comes to the kind of food they eat too.
Most people suffering from anorexia tend to force themselves to lose weight through vigorous exercise, laxative usage and many other ways.


The following are some dangerous health issues associated with anorexia:
1. Infertility
2. Heart health problems
3. Osteoporosis
4. It can halt  menstruation in women.

Symptoms Of Anorexia
1. Weight reduces drastically.

2. Dry skin.

3. Quick mood swings.

4. Thin and dry hair.

5. Chronic fatigue.

6. Intense muscle pains.

7. They often harm themselves.

8. The individual may experience amenorrhea due to the colossal weight loss. Amenorrhea is what normally turns the skin of an individual suffering from anorexia yellowish. It also halts menstruation and makes the individual's hair turn brittle.

9. An individual suffering from anorexia may always think he or she may be overweight which may simply not be the case.

10. The individual may develop lanugo on the body. Lanugo is apparently, a very soft, thin and downy hair that is often found on the body of new born humans.


11. People with anorexia often like cooking nice food for others but wouldn't even taste it or eat a little bit of it.

12. After eating, they may try to remove food from their body through self induced vomiting or the use of laxatives, water pills, ipecac syrup or diet pills.

13. They may experience hypothermia because they lack certain important food nutrients.

14. Hypertension.

15. They always admire thinner people.

16. Tachycardia.

17. They may experience intense insomnia, depression and anxiety disorders.

18. They tend to avoid both friends and family.

19. Halitosis.

Treatment
1. Any psychological problems leading to the disorder should be taken care of effectively by gentle, desired and well reviewed approach.

2. Any kind of unhealthy behaviour that heightens the problem should be dealt with in a healthful manner by a professional.

3. Weight restoration is one of the best ways to get rid of anorexia.

4. Medications to help reduce anxiety and depression is quite useful in the treatment of anorexia.

5. Cognitive behavioural therapy is one of the best therapies that can help.


Maudsley family therapy can be helpful in certain cases. In case you don't know about Maudsley family therapy, it is the type of therapy whereby the parents assume responsibility for feeding their child.

Note: Gaining of healthy weight is the almost the best way to suppress anorexia.


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