It is not clear whether other mental health disorders
occur before or as a result of
anorexia nervosa. Treatment can be difficult when a
person has anorexia along with other mental health disorders. Some of the most
common mental health disorders that can be present with anorexia
Depression, which occurs in up to 50 out of 100 people who have anorexia.
Substance abuse, which can increase the risk of death
in those who also have anorexia.
Body dysmorphic disorder, which is
an imagined belief that there is a defect in your body or your physical
appearance even though none exists, such as seeing yourself as fat when you are
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