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Anorexia

Anorexia Nervosa is a brain based mental illness that someone develops into an almost unstoppable addiction. It is a serious brain disease that can lead to suicide, starvation, or risks as great as cancer. Given the severity of Anorexia, treatment is mandatory to prevent protracted illnesses and reduce the potential of sudden death. This disease has had over 24 million people hospitalized, second to cancer due to malnutrition and illnesses around age 17. In the main article Anorexia Nervosa: Patient and Family-Centered Care it talks about the way a person is affected by this disease, the reasons behind it, and how families and friends can help them cope through it. The main ways doctors detect Anorexia is when they notice a person will not maintain a normal BMI of 85 percent and it is around 18 percent. Also, if they have a fear of gaining weight, perceive poor body perception and will not admit it, and absence of menstruation. This is not viewed as a fad, or being self-conscious about one’s body, it is a neurobiological loss to reason circumstances, and make sensible decisions, which makes the Anorexia hard to resist. This is something a lot of people don’t understand about the condition of anorexia; they can’t control losing all that weight because it’s literally a disease, and it is hard to overcome. Once a person starts to experience Anorexia it changes their overall personality and they will never be the same, which is why support is a huge part of recovery. Perfection is a main personality trait in someone with anorexia, and this causes them to start reading and talking to other people with that same perfectionist view to create this fear of certain foods, and what their tricks may be to keep from gaining weight. It is like a competition for people with eating disorders to compare themselves to others with the same disease, and that is why it is very important for them to be hospitalized to help change their perception on a normal body weight. It is hard to recognize when a person develops this disease because they just start dieting, and excessively working out, which is normal when trying to lose weight, so they don’t detect anorexia. At first they might be trying to diet but it can become much more serious and get to their head because they start to love the way they look, which makes them now addicted and obsessed with losing weight. The most important thing for a person experiencing this disease is to have people around who show love, support and compassion for what they’re going through. Friends and family tend to blame themselves when the person becomes Anorexic or commits suicide regarding that disease. Therapists have been doing studies on people experiencing Anorexia personally and have noticed they have a very low self-esteem so if there are people around who blame or judge, that can lead to suicide or further problems. In some instances therapeutic relationships can lead to anxiety and avoidance behaviors, because therapists want to talk about how they are feeling and a person may not think they have an issue, so you have to be careful in being too pushy and let them become comfortable enough to speak about their disease. That’s why if they are being hospitalized there has to be optimism and encouragement all around to keep in mind the need for change, and that includes any nurse or basic visitors. It also helps during these stages to create not only mental support but physical, active support that promotes assertiveness, success, flexibility and positive coping strategies to let them know they CAN get over that disease, but they just have to have faith in themselves. In chapter 9 we spoke about what adolescents experience during that stage of development. This is when someone starts to care about their physical image the most, and try to impress friends, and boys. The teens…