Symptoms Of Mental Health Issues Essay

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I was an RA when I was in college, so I am no stranger to the signs and symptoms of mental health issues. In my eighty-person dorm I ‘talked a girl off a ledge,’ dealt with alcoholism and drug abuse, and was there for countless nights of tears brought on by homesickness and hazing. However, in all my time as an undergraduate, the one issue that plagued my friend group and the young women on my campus the most was something I had never encountered until I stepped foot on my college campus. It was abstract, something that only affected the characters in TV shows and celebrities featured in gossip magazines. Then, it became the norm, though unspoken, hidden behind the veil of health and perfection. There are four young women who have played a key role in my life over the last six years. All four of them have eating disorders, none of which are the same. While the more traditional eating disorders, Anorexia Nervosa (AN) and Bulimia Nervosa (BN), are most often associated with fat-phobias, Orthorexia Nervosa (ON) is most linked to food choices and is perpetuated by environmental pressures like social media image and identity. Scientists know little about ON. By defining orthorexia as an eating disorder, however, we can explore new research opportunities by using what we know about the correlation between AN and BN with a single-nucleotide polymorphism in the OXTR oxytocin receptor gene and epigenetic regulation that same gene. My freshman year roommate, Mary became
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