Before talking to a professional for treatment of Anorexia nervosa, you need to understand what it is. Anorexia nervosa is a disorder where a patient refuses to eat. This may result in major weight loss. In some cases, it can be life threatening to people suffering from the disorder.
Anorexia is a Latin term that means “appetite loss”. This is can be misleading for some because people suffering from the disorder often have no loss of appetite, but still refuse to eat. Those who suffer from the disorder have an extreme fear of gaining weight and think they are fat despite already having a thin body. Those suffering with this disorder try to fix this “defect” through starvation and excessive exercise in an attempt to drop a few pounds, Edcdenver.com explains.
You can tell if a person has Anorexia nervosa if their weight is 15% less than what they should weigh under normal circumstances.
Signs and Symptoms
The signs and symptoms of a person suffering from Anorexia nervosa include:
- Loss of hair
- Tooth decay
- Excessive weight loss
- Intense weight gain fear
- Refusal to eat
- Ignoring hunger
- Too much exercise
- Sensitivity to cold
- Erratic or lack of menstrual periods
- Apathy Laxatives, Diuretic, or enema abuse
To treat a patient with anorexia, you need to deal with both the mental and physical issues. People in charge of treatment should consist of a primary care physician and a mental health professional.
Extreme cases of Anorexia nervosa can lead to death if left unchecked. If you or a loved one is suffering from this condition, then you should speak to a mental health professional as soon as possible. With proper treatment, you could help improve one's quality of life.