Is Anorexia Nervosa a Mental Disorder?

1753 Words Jan 26th, 2018 7 Pages
Anorexia Nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric illness. That fact should be enough for people to understand that Anorexia is a debilitating, uncontrollable mental disorder, but so many disagree and say its sufferers are simply over obsessive dieters. This is simply not true, not one of its victims wakes up and decides to become Anorexic or dangerously thin. Every person who has had Anorexia will tell you how miserable and terrified they were, how they wanted help but their mind would not let them ask, how their mind forced them to lose weight and brush the wings of death. More often than not, Anorexia accompanies another chronic psychiatric disorder, and the two mental illnesses will be treated together. A single father watched his daughter, 17 years old, dwindle down to 72 pounds. He begged her to eat, but she would cry and push the plate away. He was irritated and turned to his friends at work complaining his daughter was taking dieting way too far. He would scream at her “Stop! This is nonsense, just eat!”. This father, like many other Americans, did not understand that his daughter could not just stop being Anorexic. The common misconception is that Anorexia Nervosa is just someone obsessed with losing weight. Many people believe that Anorexics look in the mirror and smile at their thinness and progress. This is so untrue, they look in the mirror and wish for a way out. Depression is much…