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    1. 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.

    2. Supporting Someone Who Has an Eating Disorder - 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 - Symptoms

      Common feelings and actions that are linked to anorexia nervosa include; having an intense fear of gaining weight, restricting food or types of food, such as food that contains any kind of fat or sugar, and weighing less than 85% of your expected body wei

    4. Anorexia Nervosa - What Happens

      Anorexia nervosa almost always begins with a plan to follow a strict weight-loss diet. Limiting foods then leads to malnutrition and unhealthy weight loss.

    5. Bulimia: Overuse of Laxatives - Topic Overview

      People who have bulimia nervosa often overuse laxatives to get rid of food eaten during a binge eating episode. Laxatives speed up the passage of stool through the body by irritating the lining of the intestines. Laxatives do not reduce the number of calories the body absorbs from food. However,laxatives may cause a person to lose weight because they increase the amount of water eliminated ...

    6. Topiramate for Binge Eating Disorder - Topic Overview

      Topiramate (Topamax) is a medicine that is usually used to control seizures. But recent studies found that it may be effective in controlling binging and reducing weight in people who have binge eating disorder and obesity. 1 This medicine lowers some people's appetites. It is not clear how topiramate helps with weight loss,but experts believe that it affects brain chemicals called ...

    7. Bulimia Nervosa - Other Treatment

      Learn about types of counseling that may be useful in treating eating disorders.

    8. Bulimia Nervosa - What Increases Your Risk

      The risk of developing bulimia or another eating disorder is based on several factors.

    9. Anorexia Nervosa - What Increases Your Risk

      The risk of developing anorexia nervosa increases if you have a family history of an eating disorder, obesity, or a mood disorder (such as anxiety or depression), have certain personality traits and emotional conditions, such as perfectionism, perseveranc

    10. Topiramate for Binge Eating Disorder - Home Treatment

      Information on home treatment of binge eating disorder.

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