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.

Recent posts on Anorexia Nervosa

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.

Drunkorexia and the Rise of “Rexias” in Disordered Eating

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.

Anxious? There Are Two Ways To Go

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.
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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

Trading in Celiac Disease for an Eating Disorder

The billion dollar "gluten-free" diet fad may be causing more harm to your mental health than you realize as we trade in gluten in exchange for disordered eating.

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
Is it possible that a mental illness holds the secret to treating obesity? That’s what some leading eating disorder experts propose.

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?
Kristen Fuller

Eating Disorders: It’s Not All About Food

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

Your heart cannot beat unless you feed it. Nicole, a young woman who lived with Anorexia Nervosa, shares her story.

What Is Bulimia Nervosa?

It's been called "the secretive syndrome," and the intense shame can obstruct seeking help.

What Is Anorexia Nervosa?

Anorexia Nervosa is torture for the afflicted person, terrifying for parents, and terribly frustrating for clinicians...

3 Myths About Men and Eating Disorders

Not an #AlternativeFact. Men do struggle with eating disorders

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.

Friends of Teens with Eating Disorders Unsure Where to Turn

Without resources at school, with no one to turn to, teenagers struggle to begin the conversation about eating disorders among their peers.

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

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.