anorexia nervosaWhere 21st century brought us the gift of advanced fashion trends, brands and sex appeal, it also revealed the horrifying curses attached with these gifts. Youngsters these days are facing all sorts of psychological issues and most of them are linked with unattainable materialistic goals displayed by our stunning celebrities. Anorexia Nervosa is one of those curses that have been destroying the lives of many youngsters.

What is Anorexia Nervosa?

Mostly found in young women below or around the age of 20, Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder that is caused by the compulsive fear of gaining weight.

What triggers Anorexia Nervosa?

There are various factors that can cause or trigger Anorexia Nervosa including psychological factors, genetic factors and environmental factors.

Psychological Causes

The psychological factors of AN (Anorexia Nervosa) include depression, inability to handle stressful situations, developing extreme fear about what will happen in the future, setting unrealistic goals to attain perfectionism and getting obsessed with your body weight.

Genetic Causes

Genetic or biological causes that may trigger AN includes hormonal imbalance, having the family history of AN (or other eating disorders) or having a family history of depression.

Environmental Causes

The environmental factors that can cause AN include bullying faced at school, working in a beauty conscious environment, stressful personal relationships, sexual abuse, facing a life trauma.

Symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa

Symptoms of Anorexia Nervosa include not eating enough, getting obsessed with your body weight and looks, loss of sleep, infertility, Osteoporosis, dizziness, loss of hair, Amenorrhea, Cardiac abnormalities, constipation, fainting, dehydration, and Anemia.

Treatment for Anorexia Nervosa

Most of the doctors will prescribe psychological treatment for AN. The most effective treatments include behavioral therapy, Ego-oriented therapy, Maudsley Family-based therapy, Cognitive Analytic therapy, Focal Psychodynamic therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy and antidepressants such as SSRI. Doctors don’t suggest medicines as the sole treatment for Anorexia Nervosa; they usually prescribe it in support with the psychological treatment.