Symptoms, Causes, And Treatments For Anorexia Nervosa

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Anorexia Nervosa
Natasha Schwartz
Concordia University

The purpose of this paper is to explain the symptoms, causes, and treatments for Anorexia Nervosa. Anorexia Nervosa (AN) is an eating disorder found in the DSM-5. Anorexia is classified by: a restriction of energy intake leading to significantly low body weight, intense fear of gaining weight, and denial or disturbance of ones low body weight. Anorexia nervosa is considered a psychiatric illness that presents severe psychological and physical symptoms. A psychiatric illness is an illness relating to an individual’s mental health. Keywords: anorexia nervosa (AN), eating disorder, psychiatric, mental health

Anorexia Nervosa Up to 25% of patients diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa (AN) will die from their illness (McCallum, 2006). Anorexia Nervosa is the most deadly psychiatric illness, and is one of the Eating Disorders found in the DSM-5. To be diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa an individual must display the following signs: a restriction of energy intake relative to requirement, an intense fear of gaining weight or of becoming fat, and a disturbance in the way in which one’s body weight or shape is experienced (American Psychiatric Association, 2013). Research discusses the symptoms and causes of Anorexia Nervosa and explores various approaches to the treatment of Anorexia Nervosa.
The Symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa
Psychological Symptoms Anorexia Nervosa is an illness that
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