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Transcript of Anorexia
What is Anorexia Nervosa?
A mental disorder characterized by an obsessive desire to lose weight by refusing to eat.
What are the causes?
- 6 to 12 + months depending on severity
- obsession with food and weight
- early teen years
- late teen years
- fear of weight gain
- depression and anxiety
- low self esteem
- not as severly underweight
- extremely underweight
- constant dieting / avoids food
- binge and purge
- more common, less severe
- not as common, more severe
Testing For Illness
Candace * Felicia * Sydney
Eating Disorder Hope
- first descriptions of anorexia in the 13th century
- was named in 1873 by British physician, Sir William Withey Gull
- Saint Catherine of Sienna denied herself food to cleanse her spirit
- 16th century, ascetics were considered witches and burned at stake
- 1970s, public awareness increases when a book is published
Impacts on family or the general public
Family: anorexic person is a burden: emotions, home care
- Cognitive analytic therapy
- Cognitive behavioural therapy
- Interpersonal therapy
- Focal psychodynamic therapy
- Family interventions
- closely monitered weight gain
- additional problems treated
- antidepressants used on occasion:
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI)
- Compulsory treatment: Mental Health Act
What The Government/private organizations are doing to help
Looking Glass BC
Canada’s first and only residential treatment centre for adolescents, specializing in the care and treatment of eating disorders
Public: stigma of being abnormally thin