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Mental Illness Anorexia Nervosa
Nikia Matthews
HCA 240
March 17, 2013
Yosely Cruz

Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia Nervosa is a mental illness where a patient suffering from this illness is characterized as having extremely abnormal eating habits. A person who has been diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa will intentionally not consume a sufficient amount of food in hopes to keep their body at the lowest weight possible. Other distinct characteristics of Anorexia Nervosa will intentionally not consume a sufficient amount of food in hopes to keep their body at the lowest weight possible. Other distinct characteristics of Anorexia Nervosa include a distorted perception of self-image related to the shape and size of the individual’s body as well as an irrational concern of gaining weight.

There are four specific decisive factors that are utilized to help diagnose Anorexia Nervosa. These four specific decisive factors are outlined in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. The first of these factors entails a patient’s refusal to maintain a normal body weight based on the age and height of the patient. The second of these factors includes an intense, irrational fear of gaining weight or becoming fat, even when the patient is noticeably underweight. The third of these factors is a distorted perception of self-image that the patient does not acknowledge. The fourth and final factor includes women who have missed at least three consecutive periods because of the behaviors listed within the previously listed factors. To put it all in a nut shell a patient who denies they have Anorexia Nervosa, has a distorted perception of their images like weight and or shape of body , exhibits behaviors of obsession concerning their appearance and or weight, and misses menstrual cycles due to these behaviors is suffering from Anorexia Nervosa.

There are also two different types of Anorexia Nervosa. The first of the two...
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