Information About Anorexia Nervosa

(also known as Anorexia)

Anorexia Nervosa (AN) is an illness hallmarked by drastic and dangerous weight loss coupled with a sense of achievement and control. An individual with AN may be severely underweight, cold and aching from head to toe but may say she has “never felt better!” due to the false sense of strength, self-assurance and competence that the AN may provide. It is not uncommon for individuals with AN to strongly resist efforts to change their behavior or to deny that there is a problem. This is because AN is considered to be ego syntonic, meaning the behaviors, values and feelings are in harmony with or acceptable to the needs and goals of the personal ego or consistent with one’s ideal self-image.

Current diagnostic criteria are:

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