What is the characterization or definition of your mental illness?

has an intense fear of gaining weight. Someone with anorexia thinks about food a lot and limits the food she or he eats, even though she or he is too thin. Anorexia is more than just a problem with food. It's a way of using food or starving oneself to feel more in control of life and to ease tension, anger, and anxiety. Most people with anorexia are female. An anorexic:

Has a low body weight for her or his height

Resists keeping a normal body weight

Has an intense fear of gaining weight

Thinks she or he is fat even when very thin

How many people are affected by your mental illness?

half million teens

How can someone tell if they have your mental illness?

Making her or himself throw up

Taking pills to urinate or have a bowel movement

Taking diet pills

Not eating or eating very little

Exercising a lot, even in bad weather or when hurt or tired

Weighing food and counting calories

Eating very small amounts of only certain foods

Moving food around the plate instead of eating it

Someone with anorexia may also have a distorted body image, shown by thinking she or he is fat, wearing baggy clothes, weighing her or himself many times a day, and fearing weight gain.

Anorexia can also cause someone to not act like her or himself. She or he may talk about weight and food all the time, not eat in front of others, be moody or sad, or not want to go out with friends. People with anorexia may also have other psychiatric and physical illnesses, including:



Obsessive behavior

Substance abuse

Issues with the heart and/or brain

Problems with physical development

What treatments exist to treat your mental illness?

Individualized Core Belief Restructuring Therapy One-on-One & Small Group Sessions Customized Treatment Plan Cohesive Team Approach Marriage and Family Counseling Relapse Prevention Program Acupuncture Treatment Meditation Training Nutritional Plan Personal Fitness Training Art and Music Therapies Laughter and Stress Reduction Therapy

How can people get help for the treatment of your mental illness?

call in

What resources are available to help gain knowledge about your mental illness?

websites, phone help, crisis interventions

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