Psychopathology of Anorexia Nervosa

Anorexia nervosa is a potentially life-threatening eating disorder characterized by the inability to maintain a minimally normal weight, a devastating fear of weight gain, relentless dietary habits that prevent weight gain, and a disturbance in the way in which body weight and shape are perceived.

Anorexia nervosa may be divided into 2 subtypes:

-Restricting, in which severe limitation of food intake is the primary means to weight loss.

-Binge-eating/purging type, in which there are periods of food intake that are compensated by self-induced vomiting, laxative or diuretic abuse, and/or excessive exercise.

Patients with anorexia nervosa often display such traits as a desire for perfection and academic success, a lack of age-appropriate sexual activity, and a denial of hunger in the face of starvation. Psychiatric characteristics include excessive dependency, developmental immaturity, social isolation, obsessive-compulsive behavior, and constriction of affect.

Related Journals of Psychopathology of Anorexia Nervosa

Psychopathology JournalActa PsychopathologicaJournal of Obesity & Eating Disorders, Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, International Journal of Eating Disorders, The Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology, American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, The Journal of Treatment and Prevention, Journal of Psychopathology.

 

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