7 Symptoms of Anorexia You Might Not Know About
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7 Symptoms of Anorexia You Might Not Know About

August 17, 2019


7 Symptoms of Anorexia You Might Not Know
About. When you hear the term “anorexia,” you
might remember an after-school special featuring an emaciated teenage female who turns to food
in order to cope with overwhelming or uncomfortable emotions. While this may be a fair depiction of the
condition for some, it certainly doesn’t represent the experience of most. Anorexia is a complex illness – one that
has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness – that manifests differently for
each individual. As such, it is important for us to understand
and be able to recognize warning signs that could be indicative of an anorexia presentation. Here are some lesser known symptoms of anorexia
that you may not be aware of: Apathy. Many people with anorexia and other eating
disorders will experience apathy – the feeling of not being able to enjoy things that were
once important). This is often due to high levels of depression,
a common co-occurring mental health condition of anorexia, in addition to malnourishment
and lowered cognitive functioning abilities. Preoccupation with food. Despite restricting their food intake, someone
with anorexia might display some type of obsession or infatuation with food. They will often spend more time preparing
food in the kitchen, reading cookbooks or discussing food in general. Insomnia. Individuals with anorexia may have trouble
falling and staying asleep at night. Starvation can trigger hunger cues, leading
to increased restlessness and disruption of sleep. Denial. Denial is a hallmark symptom of anorexia. Once the eating disorder voice starts to get
loud, usually exacerbated by continued malnourishment, reality becomes more and more distorted. While it may be quite clear for others, someone
living with anorexia may continue to deny that they have a problem, even after being
diagnosed by an eating disorder professional. Social withdrawal. Like other eating disorders, anorexia is an
isolating condition. It alters one’s mood, commonly increasing
feelings of depression and anxiety. It often creates an unwillingness to change. Someone who is historically outgoing may become
reserved – frequently canceling plans or avoiding social situations revolving around
food should cause concern. Hair loss. When someone is malnourished, their protein
levels become depleted. This includes keratin, a protein which actually
makes up the majority of your hair. Cardiac Issues. Our bodies are miraculously made for survival. During starvation, and once all the fat sources
have been depleted, our bodies look to muscle to break down into energy and to keep us alive. The heart is one of our biggest muscles, and
if our bodies are in starvation mode, it starts working overtime to make up for decreased
sources for energy. Many people with anorexia have dealt with
a plethora of cardiac issues including bradycardia,, heart attacks and strokes, some of which can
even lead to death. Many of these symptoms won’t show up until
way further into the progression of the disease, but keeping an eye out for any shifts in mood,
weight loss, concerns about body image and/or preoccupation with calories and diet could
be very important warning signs to look out for before the condition worsens.

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