Anorexia Nervosa – Common Symptoms & Co-Conditions

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia Nervosa is a serious mental illness and one of the most common eating disorders. It is a disorder that focuses on body image and weight loss. It is characterized by an intense fear of being, overweight, perfectionism, dieting, restricted dieting, and becoming too thin. It affects more females than males and usually begins in adolescence. There are many co-occurring disorders with anorexia nervosa such as Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Depression, OCD, OCPD, Panic/Anxiety PTSD, and Substance Abuse. In addition to co-occurring conditions, the most common health problems associated with Anorexia are electrolyte imbalance, cardiac arrest, IBS, irregular or no menstrual cycle, pain in the stomach, kidney issues/failure, bacterial infections, bloating, and neurological issues. The above listed are not always obvious and may be hard to detect early on. Because of this, there are additional behavioral and physical symptoms that can indicate that a person is suffering from Anorexia. Below we have featured some of these symptoms.

• Significant weight loss
• Cold intolerance
• Feeling very full from a small amount of food
• Constipation
• Low blood pressure
• Swelling
• Pale skin
• Fear of weight gain
• Food rituals
• Distorted body image
• Withdrawn from close friends and family
• Denies having lost weight
• Purging
• Compulsive exercising

We want to note that this is not a complete list of symptoms but gives you an idea of how Anorexia (formerly anorexia nervosa) can impact a person’s overall health. Our team is always standing by to provide you with compassionate care and world-class service in treating Anorexia Nervosa/Anorexia. If you believe you or one of your loved ones is suffering, we encourage you to do more research and reach out for assistance.

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