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How is anorexia nervosa diagnosed?

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It can be hard to diagnose anorexia. Secrecy, shame, and denial are part of the disorder. As a result, the illness can go undetected for long periods of time.

If a person has symptoms, their doctor will begin an evaluation by taking a complete medical history and doing a physical exam. There are no lab tests to specifically diagnose anorexia, but the doctor might use tests, such as blood tests, to make sure another illness isn't causing the weight loss, and to look for any effects on the body's organs.

From: Anorexia Nervosa WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Psychiatric Association: "Eating Disorders."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Eating Disorders."

Mayo Clinic: "Anorexia nervosa."

womenshealth.gov: "Eating Disorders."

National Eating Disorders Association: "What's Going on With Me?"

National Eating Disorders Association: "Seeking Treatment: What Does Treatment Involve?"

MedlinePlus: "Anorexia nervosa."

 

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on July 12, 2018

SOURCES:

American Psychiatric Association: "Eating Disorders."

National Institute of Mental Health: "Eating Disorders."

Mayo Clinic: "Anorexia nervosa."

womenshealth.gov: "Eating Disorders."

National Eating Disorders Association: "What's Going on With Me?"

National Eating Disorders Association: "Seeking Treatment: What Does Treatment Involve?"

MedlinePlus: "Anorexia nervosa."

 

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on July 12, 2018

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