What is Anorexia Nervosa?

Anorexia nervosa is a form of self-starvation and a very serious psychiatric disorder with elevated mortality and risk of long-term medical consequences. Affected people continue to view themselves as needing to lose weight or fear gaining weight despite being very underweight.


Signs and symptoms may include:

  • Rapid weight loss
  • Obsessive preoccupation with food, calories and the desire to lose weight
  • Excessive dissatisfaction with body shape and weight
  • A decrease in variety and amount of food eaten
  • Skipping meals and avoiding eating with others
  • Excessive exercise
  • Self-induced vomiting or chewing and spitting out food
  • Abuse of laxatives, diuretics or diet pills
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Other serious health consequences can include depressed mood, fractures and heart problems.

Reference: The Johns Hopkins Medicine Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioural Disorders

Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa

[!] Anorexia nervosa is often treated with various forms of hospital care to help patients gain weight. This could be combined with therapy (cognitive behavioral therapy, individual counselling, group or family therapy) and/or medication (SSRI or antipsychotics).

Learn more

Please see the Resources page for recommended reading and informative links.

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