Posted By: Cean Psiquiatras

Anorexy is an eating disorder that causes people lose more weight than is considered healthy for their age and height.
Anorexy often begins during teen years or young adulthood. It is more common in females.

A person with anorexia usually:
. Has an intense fear of gaining weight.
. Refuses to keep weight at what is considered normal for their age and height.
. Has a body image that is very distorted and refuses to admit the danger of weight loss.

People with anorexia may severely limit the amount of food they eat or they eat and then make themselves throw up. Other behaviors include:
. Cutting food into small pieces or moving them around the plate instead of eating.
. Exercising all the time.
. Going to the bathroom right after meals.
. Refusing to eat around other people.
. Using diuretics or laxatives.

Other symtoms of anorexia may include:
. Yellow skin that is dry and covered with fine hair.
. Depression.
. Dry mouth.
. Extreme sensitivity to cold.
. Osteoporosis.
. Wasting away of muscle and loss of body far.

Goals of treatment are to restore normal body weight and eating habits.
Medicines such as antidepressants, antipsychotics and mood stabilizers help treat depression and anxiety.
Weight management may be hard. Long-term treatment may be needed to stay at a healthy weight.


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