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

Eating Disorders: How Far We Have Come

Causes of eating disorders are complex and multi-determined. A succinct understanding of where research and theory are headed.
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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
Can or should you keep to your special eating plan when your child has an eating disorder?

It Only Works If You Work It

By Joy Jacobs J.D., Ph.D. on October 04, 2016 in One More Bite
What to do when treatment seems to "stop working"

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?

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is an effective combination of cognitive and behavioral therapies. The goal of DBT is to transform destructive behaviors into positive outcomes.

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
Do you feel empowered to help your child recover from an eating disorder? If not, here are some tips to help.
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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!

No More Diets... and Other AAP Recommendations

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

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?

Am I Really This Selfish, or Is It Just the Anorexia?

By Emily T. Troscianko on June 30, 2016 in A Hunger Artist
Anorexia turns people into less nice versions of themselves. What does this mean, exactly, and does that nicer person you used to be really resurface during recovery?

Mending the Eating Disorder Fence: Neither This nor That

Attachment issues in children and adults are precursors or precipitating factors in the development of eating disorders. What does this mean?

Emotional Anorexia

Are you suppressing your sense of being to the wants and desires of your partner? If so, you are at risk of “psychological starvation.” We call this emotional anorexia.

The Forking Paths of Children and No Children

By Emily T. Troscianko on June 13, 2016 in A Hunger Artist
Can an eating disorder, even years after recovery, carry on affecting how we think about the possibility of having children? If so, how? Can we ever really tell?

Three ways depression is connected to food

With depression often comes dissatisfaction with one’s appearance. Food, the fuel our body runs on, plays a key role in this mind-body relationship.
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Eating Disorder Treatment: In Home Transitional Support

Transitional eating disorder specialists are meeting clients in their homes, at local restaurants, on college campuses, or just off campus to provide meal support and coaching.

“Mom, I Feel Fat"

By Marcia Morris M.D. on June 05, 2016 in College Wellness
The National Eating Disorders Association shows that over a 13-year period, eating disorders increased from 7.9 to 25% for males and 23.4% to 32.6% for females.

How Much Exercise Is Too Much?

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on June 03, 2016 in Cravings
Is exercise becoming an obsession? Too much of this good thing can hurt you.

Understanding Anorexia Nervosa in Males

By Tom Wooldridge, PsyD. on June 01, 2016 in The Forgotten Gender
It is essential that we help clinicians as well as the larger public to grasp the unique concerns of males with eating disorders.

How Does Metabolic Rate Really Change After Anorexia? Part 2

By Emily T. Troscianko on March 31, 2016 in A Hunger Artist
What is the relation between energy intake, bodyweight, and metabolic rate in the later stages of recovery from anorexia?

How Does Metabolic Rate Really Change After Anorexia? Part 1

By Emily T. Troscianko on March 30, 2016 in A Hunger Artist
What is the relation between energy intake, bodyweight, and metabolic rate in recovery from anorexia?
PTSD and Its Relationship to Eating Disorders

PTSD and Its Relationship to Eating Disorders

It is estimated that at least 30% of all eating disorder sufferers have been sexually abused. Eating Disorder symptoms replay the trauma.

Is There a Link Between Anorexia and Narcissism?

An academic study found that ‘vulnerable’ narcissism tended to be associated with eating disorder symptoms.

Twelve Hours a World Champion, One More Lesson Learnt

By Emily T. Troscianko on March 01, 2016 in A Hunger Artist
A little story about powerlifting, bodies, and balance.

Susan Raeburn on Group Psychotherapy

The future of mental health interview series continues with Susan Raeburn on group psychotherapy.