What is Anorexia Nervosa?

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder that is especially prevalent among young women and, increasingly, young men. Marked by a distorted sense of body image and extreme voluntary starvation—and closely associated with perfectionism and depression—it is the most deadly psychiatric disorder. Anorexia is highly resistant to treatment, and when the starvation becomes life-threatening, the usual recourse is hospitalization with forced feeding.

Recent posts on Anorexia Nervosa

These Are Strange Days in Which to Be an Ex-Bulimarexic

By Anneli Rufus on April 04, 2017 in Stuck
Eating disorders, unlike most other disorders, have an endgame, a vision of victory. Will traces of that yearning haunt us every time we butter toast or watch you slicing pie?

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?
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We often think if we lose those ten pounds, gain muscle or adopt that healthy skin glow then we will feel better to only soon realize our self-esteem is still in the gutter.

Six Signs to Assess an Eating Disorder

Understanding the signs of an eating disorder diagnoses can help you take life-saving measures.

Making Space for the Exceptional

By Emily T. Troscianko on March 08, 2017 in A Hunger Artist
In illness, in recovery, and in health, it’s easy to forget how significantly magical a momentary departure from the everyday can be.

Nicole's Story: Anorexia and Access to Care

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3 Myths About Men and Eating Disorders

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The Hidden Faces of Eating Disorders

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on February 10, 2017 in Eating Mindfully
Research indicates that people at higher weights—fat people—are at increased risk for eating disorders. But their symptoms often go unnoticed.

Novel by 20-Year-Old Is an Honest Look at Teen Mental Health

By Garth Sundem on January 18, 2017 in Brain Trust
"I hope that reading about characters who struggle will help people see that it's okay to struggle," says 20-year-old author Jennifer Yu.

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Early Intervention as Panacea: Reality or Myth?

By Emily T. Troscianko on December 31, 2016 in A Hunger Artist
Might the mantra that early intervention improves the chance of full recovery from anorexia lack solid evidence, and do harm as well as good?

Christmas in Recovery

By Emily T. Troscianko on December 25, 2016 in A Hunger Artist
Tackling a few of the trickiest questions about anorexia recovery

Eating Disorders: How Far We Have Come

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Which Treatments Might Help Reduce Bulimia Symptoms?

By Lori Russell-Chapin Ph.D. on October 26, 2016 in Brain Waves
The amazing results for bulimia with neurofeedback.

Vegan, Paleo, Whole 30... Oh My!

By Joy Jacobs J.D., Ph.D. on October 10, 2016 in One More Bite
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It Only Works If You Work It

By Joy Jacobs J.D., Ph.D. on October 04, 2016 in One More Bite
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Biscuits Before Breakfast: Recovery in Microcosm

By Emily T. Troscianko on September 30, 2016 in A Hunger Artist
Eating a plain biscuit reminds me of how different healthy eating needs to be during recovery.
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What Is DBT?

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Questioning Medical Authority by Accident

By Emily T. Troscianko on September 25, 2016 in A Hunger Artist
While I was giving a recovery talk at an eating disorders clinic, one of the patients asked whether I disagreed with her medical treatment plan. I said yes. Should I not have?

Parents as Agents of Change

By Joy Jacobs J.D., Ph.D. on September 22, 2016 in One More Bite
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One More Bite of One More Bite

By Joy Jacobs J.D., Ph.D. on September 19, 2016 in One More Bite
Where we have been and where we are going!

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By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on September 06, 2016 in Eating Mindfully
New guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics warn against dieting and other weight-focused interventions.

Has Obesity Prevention Led to a New Epidemic?

By Alexis Conason Psy.D. on September 06, 2016 in Eating Mindfully
Are eating disorders the collateral damage in our war against obesity?

Implementing Attachment Theory in Treating Eating Disorders

Understanding the tenants of Attachment Theory and finding ways to operationalize theory in providing solid & appropriate treatment is useful regardless of how the issues got there

Coaching Our Children

By Dena Cabrera Psy.D., CEDS on August 04, 2016 in Sitting at the Kids Table
Meal time can be fraught with emotions and conflicts when dealing with an eating disorder. Here are a few tips to avoid the role of food police and maintain a supportive stance.

My Friend Is a Picky Eater

By Mary E. Pritchard Ph.D. on July 20, 2016 in Diet is a 4-Letter Word
Notice a recent change in a loved one's eating habits? Here's when you should become concerned.

To Failure

By Emily T. Troscianko on June 30, 2016 in A Hunger Artist
What would a world look like in which we made our failures as public as our successes?