Understanding Eating Disorders — Anorexia Nervosa

Dr. Micki Kloss, a clinical psychologist, provides care to people with eating disorders and other issues through her private practice in Scottsdale, Arizona. Before establishing her practice, Dr. Micki Kloss earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from California Coast University in Santa Ana, California.

Anorexia nervosa, one among a class of illnesses known as eating disorders, manifests in patients who avoid consuming food in order to assert control over their feelings or bodies. These patients essentially starve themselves, resulting in such dangerous symptoms as low body weight, fertility problems, and even organ failure. Often, anorexia nervosa arises in conjunction with mental health issues like anxiety and depression.

People with anorexia sometimes go to extreme lengths to avoid eating. For example, they may force themselves to throw up after eating a meal or abuse laxatives to purge food before it can be properly digested. Moreover, they may over-exercise to curb weight gain.

Anorexia is a difficult illness to overcome, but there are effective therapies available. People struggling with the disorder should consult a certified practitioner. For advanced cases, hospitals and eating disorder clinics offer intensive programs to help anorexia patients. Some individuals may also benefit from medications to alleviate depression symptoms.

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