What Is Anorexia Nervosa?

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder marked by a distorted sense of body image and extreme voluntary starvation and closely associated with perfectionism and depression. It is especially prevalent among young women and, increasingly, young men. Anorexia is highly resistant to treatment, and when the starvation becomes life-threatening, the usual recourse is hospitalization with forced feeding. People with anorexia are at high risk of developing a wide variety of medical problems and those with the disorder can and do starve themselves to death.

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Traveling, Fighting, Dancing: Illness and Recovery Metaphors

By Emily T. Troscianko on December 05, 2017 in A Hunger Artist
Metaphors shape our language and our thought. Paying attention to them in illness and in health can help us clarify our defaults and experiment with other possibilities.

Why is #Me Too everyone’s story?

How and why are the many accusations of sexual assault going viral at this time?

Social Media Societies Pose Risks to Mental Health

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on November 09, 2017 in Talking About Trauma
Researchers found that online communities can encourage self harm.

10 Steps to Making and Following Your Recovery Plan

By Emily T. Troscianko on October 04, 2017 in A Hunger Artist
How to construct your recovery meal plan, and how following it will take you all the way to no longer needing it.

How to Make the Decision to Get Better

By Emily T. Troscianko on October 01, 2017 in A Hunger Artist
Thoughts on making the crucial act of decision-making (recovery or not?) feel less paralysing.

12 Reasons to Use a Meal Plan in Recovery from Anorexia

By Emily T. Troscianko on September 30, 2017 in A Hunger Artist
Why not to entrust recovery to your appetite alone.

What Black Women Need to Know About Eating Disorders

By Carolyn C. Ross M.D., M.P.H. on September 04, 2017 in Real Healing
Eating disorders have long been seen as problems primarily affecting white women. That's because they too often go undetected and untreated in black women.

How Often Should You Weigh Yourself?

Do you dread stepping on the scale, or perhaps, you check your weight compulsively? When you weigh yourself can help you lose.

Is It Dangerous for Celebrities to Talk About Anorexia?

By Renee Engeln Ph.D. on August 24, 2017 in Beauty Sick
Celebrities regularly share the details of their mental health with fans, but when it comes to eating disorders, these disclosures could lead to negative outcomes.

Cause and Cure of Eating Disorders?

How the language of Eating Disorders has changed. Understanding causation and recovery has shifted. Options and Opportunities for greater understanding

Is Thin Beautiful? Looking and Seeing

By Emily T. Troscianko on August 03, 2017 in A Hunger Artist
Part II: What actually happens when you look at thin people, or not-thin people, including yourself, and what can you change?

Is Thin Beautiful?

By Emily T. Troscianko on August 03, 2017 in A Hunger Artist
There are a number of ways thinness can disguise itself as beauty.

Skeletons in the Closet

A review of the new film "To the Bone" reveals some interesting perspectives on eating disorders.

Two Psychiatrists Weigh in on Netflix’s 'To the Bone'

We wish the film’s message had been more clear: Eating disorders are severe, life-threatening illnesses that have the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric illness.
Georgios Jakobides [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

What Causes Someone to Develop an Eating Disorder?

Individuals with eating disorders are suffering because of an inadequate attachment with their caregivers.
To The Bone

Chilled...To The Bone

By Joy Jacobs J.D., Ph.D. on July 15, 2017 in One More Bite
Want a therapist's take on this highly publicized eating disorder film?
S.M. Schmitt

Like Mother, Like Daughter?

By S.M. Schmitt on July 13, 2017 in Eat, Write, Love
Why do so many daughters of mothers with anorexia nervosa also develop an eating disorder? Current scientific perspectives are discussed

Will "To the Bone" Trigger Eating Disorders?

Netflix did it again, first with their release of 13 Reasons Why and now with their soon to be released To the Bone, raising controversy among mental health professionals.

An App for Recovery from Anorexia

By Emily T. Troscianko on June 27, 2017 in A Hunger Artist
A new idea for an app to provide a structure for recovery from anorexia – without total calorie counts or bodyweight targets.

Hunger

By Emily T. Troscianko on June 15, 2017 in A Hunger Artist
Reliving a small insight.

Eating Disorders Spread Among Asians

By Sam Louie MA, LMHC on June 13, 2017 in Minority Report
In the past three decades, Asian countries have seen a surge in eating disorders coinciding with exposure to western standards of beauty. Asian culture also plays a role.

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Excessive drinking, clean eating and food restriction are all known to contribute to poor body image, low self-esteem and worst of all; eating disorders.

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Some believe the way to deal with anxiety is to replace uncertainty with certainty that what is feared can't happen. That is not the way the brain is supposed to work.
Inner City Books, used with permission

Jungian Analyst Marion Woodman on the American Psyche

By Pythia Peay on May 18, 2017 in America On The Couch
Your ancestors went through the anguish of breaking with their mother country [Britain], even fighting and killing the soldiers of “the mother.” Marion Woodman

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How Much Does a Blog Title Matter?

By Emily T. Troscianko on April 29, 2017 in A Hunger Artist
Lately I’ve begun to wonder whether A Hunger Artist is an awful name for this blog. How do you interpret it? How do I worry you do? How would I like you to?

Is Anorexia the Latest Treatment for Obesity?

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on April 27, 2017 in Eating Mindfully
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By Anneli Rufus on April 04, 2017 in Stuck
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A Mathematician’s Education in Mental Health

By Emily T. Troscianko on March 31, 2017 in A Hunger Artist
Having grown up blissfully ignorant about mental illness, you now have a partner whose writing and research center on eating disorders, and your take on it all starts to change.

Why Your Mistakes Matter Less Than You Think

By Emily T. Troscianko on March 29, 2017 in A Hunger Artist
You lose something valuable. You kick yourself for it. Why do you never congratulate yourself when you don’t lose things? Just how confused are we about the mistakes we make?