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Symptoms and Treatments for Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia Nervosa

CAUSES:

  • Genetic factors.
  • Zinc deficiency in the body.
  • Anxiety.
  • Depression.
  • Various psychological illnesses.

SYMPTOMS:

  • The main symptoms of this disease include loss of menstrual periods, refusal to maintain a body weight, fear of weight gain and feeling obese despite dramatic weight loss.
  • Weight loss (more than 2 pounds a week).
  • Anxiety of being fat.
  • Refusal to eat certain foods.
  • Preoccupation with weight, food, calories, fat and dieting.
  • Denying hunger.
  • Development of food rituals.
  • Excuses avoiding eating.
  • Excessive exercise even despite weather, fatigue and illness.
  • Withdrawal from usual friends and activities.
  • Frequent comments about overweight despite losing weight.


TREATMENTS:

  • Making the body weight to rise to normal level for the patients affected by this disease.
  • The patients must consult a psychiatrist to have a clear mind and understand their problem.
  • Various other disorders must be treated simultaneously.

EFFECTS:

As a result of these effects, the human body is affected adversely leading to various abnormalities like-

  • Slow heart rate.
  • Low blood pressure.
  • Muscle loss.
  • Reduction in bone density.
  • Weakness.
  • Severe dehydration leading to kidney failure.
  • Fainting.

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