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  1. Anorexia Nervosa - Topic Overview

    Anorexia is one of the most common eating disorders.

  2. Eating Disorders: Stopping Negative Thoughts - Topic Overview

    People who have an eating disorder often become preoccupied with negative thoughts about themselves. It is often hard for them to think positive thoughts. Although it is impossible to stop all negative thoughts,you can reduce these thoughts with a few simple techniques. Remember that your goal is to feel better with each passing day. Ask someone you trust to remind you of that when you are ...

  3. Anorexia Nervosa - When To Call a Doctor

    Find out when to call a doctor about anorexia nervosa.

  4. Anorexia Nervosa - Cause

    The cause of anorexia nervosa is not fully understood. It is thought to develop from a mix of physical, emotional, and social triggers.

  5. Physical Exam for Eating Disorders - Topic Overview

    During a physical exam for eating disorders, the doctor will:Check your weight and compare it with the expected weight for someone of the same height and age. In general, a body mass index (BMI) that is less than 18.5 in adults is considered underweight.1Check your blood pressure, pulse, and temperature. Many people who have eating disorders have a sudden drop in blood pressure when they sit up from a lying position or stand up from a sitting position.Listen to your heart and lungs.Examine your belly for anything unusual.Check your hands and feet for swelling.Other physical signs include:2Dry skin.Irregular heartbeats (arrhythmia).Thinning or dull hair on the head and unexpected fine hair growth on the body.Low blood pressure (especially when you stand up).Because vomiting is often part of an eating disorder, the doctor may also check for:3Inflamed or diseased teeth and gums or erosion of tooth enamel.Swollen glands in the neck.Broken blood vessels in the eyes.Teeth marks on the back

  6. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Eating Disorders

    Cognitive - behavioral therapy is an active type of counseling. Sessions usually are held once a week for as long as you need to master new skills. Individual sessions last 1 hour, and group sessions may be longer. During cognitive - behavioral therapy for anorexia, you learn:About your illness, its symptoms, and how to predict when symptoms will most likely recur.To keep a diary of eating episode

  7. Eating Disorders: Avoiding Guilt and Self-Blame - Topic Overview

    If someone in your family has an eating disorder such as anorexia nervosa,bulimia nervosa,or binge eating disorder,do not blame yourself for his or her condition. Blame only distracts you from what you can do to help the person who has the disorder. Friends and family members cannot cause a person to develop an eating disorder. Many people who have an eating disorder come from families in ...

  8. Anorexia Nervosa - Medications

    There is no medication for treating active anorexia nervosa. However, once you have regained some weight, your doctor may suggest that you take an antidepressant medicine.

  9. Anorexia Nervosa - Prevention

    There is no known way to prevent anorexia nervosa. Early treatment may be the best way to prevent the disorder from progressing.

  10. Anorexia: Learning to Trust Others - Topic Overview

    Sometimes people who have anorexia find it difficult to trust the family,friends,health professionals,and other caring people who are trying to help them. There are many reasons for this,ranging from anxiety about losing control and gaining weight to confused thinking because of malnutrition. And,it can be hard to trust a whole new way of eating,exercising,and taking care of yourself. ...

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