Signs & Symptoms

Signs & Symptoms::

Anorexia Nervosa

Individuals with anorexia refuse to maintain a minimal body weight and exhibit marked body image disturbance. Symptoms may include:

  • Ritualistic eating, eating the same low calorie, low fat foods day after day
  • Obsessive preoccupation with food yet eating very little
  • Social Isolation
  • Compulsive and excessive exercise
  • Mood Swings
  • Denial that anything is wrong
  • Loss of menstruation

Anorexia Nervosa is a dangerous disorder. More people die each year from anorexia than any other psychiatric disorder.

Bulimia Nervosa

This disorder is characterized by reoccurring episodes of binge eating (eating large, excessive amounts of food in a relatively short period of time), followed by purging to avoid weight gain. Purging may include self-induced vomiting, compulsive and excessive exercising, fasting or dieting, the use of laxatives, diuretics, diet pills.

Symptoms May Include:

  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Social Isolation
  • Secretive Behavior
  • Increasingly eating alone
  • Mood Swings
  • Impulsive Behavior that may include drug use

The medical complications of Bulimia are dangerous as are the emotional side effects from this disorder. More bulimics die of suicide than medical complications.

Compulsive Overeating and Binge Eating

Compulsive overeaters feel out of control with food. Once they start eating they feel as if they cannot stop. They repeatedly diet in order to try to regain control. Many compulsive overeaters feel they overeat at each meal and depression is common as their repeated efforts to change have failed. Others eat more normally at meals but binge eat with out active purging on a regular basis. These binges feel out of their control. Many ore overweight and feel extreme shame and isolate themselves which increases feelings of low self-esteem and depression.

Symptoms may include:

  • Yo Yo dieting
  • Pre-occupation with food
  • Fear of not having enough to eat
  • Fear of not being full
  • Feeling of guilt
  • Binge Eating

Medical complications include diabetes, heart disease and hypertension.

If you are concerned you may have an eating disorder please complete our Questionnaire.

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