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March 11, 2009

Few tips on anorexia treatment

Filed under: EATING DISORDERS — admin @ 1:05 am

Before starting,let me first ask you a question.

Are you really concerned about curing your beloved ones from anorexia,but do not know what to do and where to go? I will therefore suggest not to lose hope. There are treatments available, but it becomes easier if the victim herself  searches for methods on how to cure anorexia. Most of the time, the individual having this eating disorder  denies that she is suffering from any ailment. The victims of anorexia are perpetually in a starving mode as they are obsessed with their body weight.The victims of anorexia look very thin,their skeleton may be showing through,but they think that they are putting on fat.The anorexic person has a massive fear of becoming fat and to avoid it, she may go to any extent. This could start from doing excessive exercise, dieting, or abusing laxatives. Their main aim is to avoid the intake of food. They cannot concentrate on anything else as most of their time is spent on thinking about how much they should eat or what it should be so as not to put on weight.

Psychotherapy or psychological counseling  combined with medical and nutritional support and guidance appears to be the most effective way of treating anorexia. The treatment  may vary from patient to patient depending on the severity of the disorder.Psychological counseling should address both the eating disorder symptoms as well as the underlying psychological, interpersonal and cultural forces that contributed to the eating disorder in the first place. The individual suffering from anorexia should be helped to learn how to live peacefully and healthily with themselves and food.Therefore, most of  the time, family therapy play a vital role. The immediate family members, spouse or the parent can help the individual suffering from this eating disorder, see that their body shape and weight are perfectly normal and they are valued for what they are. And that they need not lose weight dangerously to garner respect or loved from their near ones.Care should be provided and requires a proper coordination with a professional who has expertise and experience in dealing with eating disorders. An adequate monitoring is a must by the trained professionals for an effective treatment of anorexia, as victims of this eating disorder are subjected to various physical and medical concerns.

These are very simple steps to follow,yet very critical, and when followed sincerely can help the anorexia patients.

March 8, 2009

Must know about anorexia

Filed under: EATING DISORDERS — admin @ 12:00 pm

As I have already mentioned previously that the eating disorder anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder affecting many people,and many of them remain undetected, now I will tell you few facts about it,which all of us need to know.Early diagnosis and treatment increases recovery rates dramatically and knowing how to recognize signs and symptoms of anorexia assists all concerned to combat the condition effectively.

Facts about anorexia are:

*  Hispanic and Caucasian females show a greater prevalence of the disorder as compared to Asian and Black females. |

* Females between the age group 15 and 23 are more frequently affected by the disorder (alarming statistics show that a younger age group is emerging). Studies show that 1% of females from teenagers to early 20s develop anorexia nervosa,and as result of complications between 10% and 15% anorexia cases die . An estimated 4 people out of every 10 with anorexia will make a full recovery.

*  Anorexic patients weigh at least 15% below what is normal for their height (sometimes a higher percentage).

* Slower heart rates, lower blood pressure and body temperature as well as electrolyte imbalances are common among anorexics.

*Anorexics have a diet lacking in essential minerals and vitamins and as a result  may have hair growth which is soft and downy (called lanugo) on various body areas and arms.

* Menstrual irregularities may be found in women suffering from anorexia.

* Male anorexics are frequently misdiagnosed eventhough they do occur.

* Anorexia sufferers have fear of gaining weight and becoming fat and as a result restrict their diet a lot. Even when drastically thin these people see distorted self images in a mirror, usually seeing a heavy body.

* Tooth enamel erosion and increased cavities are quite frequent among these people.

* You may have kidney failure or kidney infections.

* Around fifty percent of these people may suffer from osteoporosis (bone thinning).

* Anorexics have shrinkage of stomach as a result of which they feel bloated even after taking a small meal.

* Anorexics often avoid social gatherings because of possibly having to face a situation where they must eat.

* Anorexics have a low body weight as a result they frequently display intolerance to cold temperature.

* Younger anorexics have  short stature as they may experience slow growth rate .

* Severe anorexia cases may require hospitalization.

* They may suffer from severe depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder for which medication may be required,thus giving rise to psychiatric complications.

* Proper and appropriate medical treatment that involves coordination among psychiatric professionals, physicians, family and friends plays a critical part in achieving successful recovery of people diagnosed with anorexia nervosa.Research suggests that genetics could play a part in the development of anorexia nervosa and that particular genetic components can make women or men more prone to use it to control stressful situations and to cope with the pressure of perfectionism.Psychiatric treatment helps a lot.

Hope this much information will help you.

March 1, 2009

Is anorexia curable?

Filed under: EATING DISORDERS — admin @ 1:21 pm

Is it possible to cure?

The question is tough as the origin of the  disorder centers in the way a person thinks, much like drug and alcohol addiction, and we never fully remove the part of our brain that causes our addictive thoughts.What might happen is that a person,  suffering from anorexia, can identify the origins as to where the thoughts of warped self-body image began, and can work on the root causes for those thoughts.|The mind can be retrained in various ways to think, which can result in an alleviation of the disorder, but I would hesitate a bit to say that there is a way one can completely cure anorexia.

Even in today’s highly advanced technological times, there are no medications that one can take to relieve them of compulsive behaviors. There are no magic potions or any amounts of shock therapy that will rid someone of this disorder until they  choose  to do so.If the question were more along the lines of, can you cure anorexia for someone else? The answer would be a definite, no. But the fact that there is hope for the person with anorexia to stop their destructive behaviors is a ray of hope.The most cumbersome part about dealing with the eating disorder, anorexia nervosa, is that when someone is engaged in the self-destructive behaviors of the disorder, they are often in complete denial of their behavior. Again, because this disorder has its origin in the mind, it is often very difficult for the sufferer to be shown the reality of their choices.More often than not, people with anorexia do not see themselves as thin, even if their skeleton is visible just below the skin. Because  this disorder originates, in the mind, the mind can play very powerful tricks on itself and can convince the sufferer that what they see in the mirror is not what is actually in their view. So, if you are trying to find a cure for anorexia for someone else, it will be nearly impossible to find one.But be hopeful , because if  the anorexic persons  are themselves searching for a cure, then there are definite places to go. It is best to always keep in mind that unless there is a total lobotomy and the sick thinking mind is removed, the part that makes the person think like an anorexic is still remains.

The anorexics can be cured, if the part of their mind which tells them to live like anorexics is shown a healthy way.

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