A Broad Spectrum Of Eating Disorders

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There is a broad spectrum of eating disorders. Bulimia nervosa (BN), anorexia nervosa (AN) (two basic types, restrictive (ANR) and binge-purge (ANBP)), and binge eating disorder (BED). People with eating disorders often have a morphed perception of their body. Often they feel the need to be perfect, and when they do not look perfect to themselves they feel great shame. Which in effect causes suicide ideation, because they feel they do not deserve to live. It appears that eating disorders may carry the highest suicide risk of any psychiatric disorder.
Recent studies show that BN has greater suicide rates than AN. In past studies it was the opposite. BED still has the lowest suicide rate. Some argue as to whether or not one particular ED has a greater risk of suicide than another, but all agree that those with an ED are at a risk of attempting suicide. Research has found that ED may derive from traumatization, such as self-harm, depression, impulsiveness, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), dissociation, substance use, and somatization. Previous studies consistently demonstrate that impulsive behaviors are more prevalent in ANBP compared with ANR. Drug use, laxative abuse, and other impulsive behaviors have previously been associated with suicidality in BN and ANBP participants. Binge-purging is linked with impulsivity, which is linked with higher rates of suicide; therefore, most people with ED that have this, such as BN or ANBP, might have a greater risk of attempting…

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