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Anorexia Nervosa: Introduction and Symptoms

Anorexia Nervosa The term anorexia nervosa means ‘loss of appetite for nervous reasons’. However, the term is misleading, as most sufferers do keep an appetite for food, which they strictly attempt to control through starvation, over-exercising, vomiting and the excessive use of laxatives. Anorexia nervosa seems to occur manly in women. Some studies suggest that [...]

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Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa: Explanations

Explanations Of Anorexia Nervosa BIOLOGICAL APPROACH Modern biological models see the hypothalamus as being involved in AN. This part of the brain plays an important role in the regulation of eating. Kaplan & Woodside (1987) showed that when the neurotransmitter noradlrenaline acts on part of the hypothalamus, animals begin eating & show a marked preference for [...]

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Anorexia and Bulimia Nervosa: Treatments and their Effectiveness

Treatments for Eating Disorders Weight Restoration For severe anorexics – they have to be hospitalised Calories pumped into the patient, under supervision Introduction to eating meals Changing Cognitions (Cognitive Therapy) Examining and replacing problematic thoughts. Replacing faulty ideas. Maintaining new thoughts; written plans Evaluation (Cognitive Therapy) Successful for long-term Better than drug therapy Involves direct [...]

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Bulima Nervosa: Introduction and Symptoms

Bulimia Nervosa Bulimics are believed to suffer from a different manifestation of the same illness as anorexics. Binge-eating vast quantities of food is followed by purging – either by inducing vomiting or the use of laxatives. Food is not absorbed into the system, and the same distorted self-image applies. Some have called them “failed anorexics”, [...]

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Eating Disorders: Video Clips (Dying to be Thin)

A few video clips regarding both anorexia and bulimia nervosa. Learn more about their symptoms, treatments and listen to the experiences of real patients with the disorder Watch Videos Here Generate a PDF Version (Save and Print this page)

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