A Study Of Unusual Thoughts, Feelings And Patterns Of Behaviors

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Abnormal Psychology is the study of unusual thoughts, feelings and patterns of behaviors. Elements that affect disorders classified under abnormal psychology can include one 's genetics, one’s environment, and their economic stability. Eating disorders are a prime examples of what abnormal psychological disorders are. Eating disorders (ED) are defined as illnesses that causes serious disturbances to an individual’s everyday diet, such as eating extremely small amounts of food or severely overeating regardless of actually having appetite.This specific type of disorder is not only focused on the lack of eating but overeating as well. Forms of eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia, and binge eating, all combined have the highest mortality rate (MR) 12.1 percent, easily surpassing the mortality rates of other maladies such as Autism (7.5 percent MR) and Bipolar disorder (2.6 percent MR). Individuals that suffer from eating disorders can experience many consequences in their health. Anorexia nervosa for example, which is where the person starves themselves due to body weight anxiety, can lead to the development of osteoporosis, a disease which reduces bone density, and increases the risk of heart diseases, fatigue and fainting. Bulimia, which is when the individual consumes large portions of food and then uses different techniques to excrete the food orally or just fasts results in tooth decay due to chronic vomiting, stomach ulcers, and pancreatitis. Binge eating,

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