Category: Anorexia

Anorexia and Osteoporosis Concerns

Woman sitting on stump thinking of Five Tips for Positive Body Image Osteoporosis has long been one of the most severe and frightening effects of anorexia, but there may be hope on the horizon. In a 2019 article in the Journal of Eating Disorders, Drs. Pratibha Anand and Philip Mehler report on the “only published case of a complete return to normal bone density following many years [...]
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Emotion Regulation Challenges Among Teenage Girls Who Have Anorexia or Depression

Girl walking and struggling with Emotion Regulation Contributor: Staff at Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Center Given the physical, psychological, and social transformations that are characteristic of adolescence, it is not uncommon for a teen to experience temporary challenges related to healthy or appropriate emotion regulation strategies. For teenage girls who have developed anorexia nervosa or a depressive disorder, the likelihood that they [...]
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Eating Disorders: Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder, and also, Food Addiction?

sketch of the human brain and Cortical Folding Eating Disorders: Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa  There has been some debate over the diagnostic groups, characterization, and relevance to therapy for patients with disordered eating. However, Eating Disorders are important and common. Estimates suggest that the prevalence of Anorexia Nervosa (AN) is 0.6%, 1.0% for Bulimia Nervosa (BN), and 2.8% for Binge Eating Disorder (BED). [...]
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Defining & Identifying Other Specified Feeding and Eating Disorder – OSFED

Woman sitting on a beach Bargaining in Eating Disorder Recovery Other Specified Feeding or Eating Disorders (OSFED) is a diagnostic category of disordered eating. Previously known as “Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified” or EDNOS (the category was updated in 2013 with the release of the newest edition of the DSM, the DSM-5), it encompasses those people who do not meet strict diagnostic criteria for anorexia [...]
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Anorexia Nervosa – Signs & Symptoms

Thinking woman The word “anorexia” has become popular in the English lexicon, yet, many still don’t know what anorexia symptoms are or what it means exactly. Most often, it is used as a negative reference to individuals living in thin bodies. I don’t think I’m voicing an unpopular opinion when I say that tossing around an insult [...]
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When Anorexia Shows up in Your Marriage

Married couple discussing when to seek treatment for an eating disorder Anorexia and marriage do not mix well. As you know, Anorexia Nervosa is a mental health disorder that affects one’s interpersonal abilities in a variety of ways. The disorder is a maladaptive coping mechanism an individual utilizes to handle/manage unwanted emotions. The individual restricts their food intake as a means of either numbing, controlling, or [...]
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The Link Between Anorexia Nervosa & OCD

Friends trying to Find Binge Eating Disorder Treatment There are certain mental illnesses that often overlap or are found in the same individual as distinct disorders. Anorexia and OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) are two mental health disorders that have many similar features and a strong comorbidity, meaning that they often co-occur in the same individual. Link Between Anorexia and OCD Why do they often [...]
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Ballet & Recovering From Anorexia Nervosa

Ballet dancer Ballet dancers are at an increased risk of developing eating disorders, in particular, anorexia nervosa (AN). This combination of ballet and anorexia is thought to be due to the highly competitive nature of ballet dancing, particularly amongst elite or professional dancing, as well as the emphasis on physical aesthetic and a light, thin body. [1, [...]
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Authenticity, Transparency, & Boundaries: What Are My Limits in Anorexia Recovery?

Asian American Woman in Wheat Field Anorexia Nervosa turns your entire life into chaos. It calls the shots about how you treat yourself and your body as well as how you interact with the world around you. In recovery, we get to take back control, learn our limits in anorexia recovery, recognize the limiting and harmful eating disorder beliefs that have kept [...]
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