The most important questions and answers on anorexia and bulimia at a glance

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Is there a connection between trauma and eating disorders?

Eating disorders in general, but of course anorexia nervosa, are often associated with other mental illnesses. Comorbidity is the term in the jargon. Comorbidities are comorbidities that can be related to the underlying disease. In anorexia and bulimia, especially previous traumas play an important role here.

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What is Pro Ana? What is the danger?

Pro Ana stands for an advocacy and idealization of anorexia nervosa, so the anorexia. It is a non-institutional online activity that particularly affects women suffering from anorexia in the course of the disease.

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Anorexia nervosa: How can I best support as a relative?

To see a loved one suffer is not bearable for anyone. It is particularly bad, however, to see someone visibly starving, as in anorexia in extreme cases can happen.

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Anorexia and life-threatening thin: Why do not those affected recognize it?

A very serious consequence of patients affected by anorexia nervosa (anorexia nervosa) is a developing perceptual disorder in relation to their body. What relatives see as extremely thin, see those affected completely different.

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What are the chances that anorexia is completely cured?

If you understand "complete healing" to be nutrition and weight normalization and normal life expectancy, chances are relatively good. About 70-80% of adolescent anorexics find their way out of the eating disorder - if they are adequately treated. And the sooner the therapy starts, the better the prognosis is.

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What happens in a support group for anorexia?

How exactly a self-help group is organized and how it comes together naturally varies from group to group. Ultimately, this is determined decisively by the participants. But there are also many similarities that can be found in almost all groups.

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Why does the skin on your hands and feet sometimes look so bluish in anorexics?

What you see on the hands and feet of people with anorexia sometimes bluish shimmer, are the veins. The malnutrition causes more and more subcutaneous fatty tissue to be broken down and this in turn makes the veins stand out more.

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Is caring right or wrong to help his loved one with anorexia?

When your child or partner has anorexia, the most natural instinct in the world is to help quickly. You can not stand by and watch his beloved (and increasingly often his lover) visibly starve down to the skeleton. But unfortunately, what you want as a parent or friend most, namely caring in the arms and actively help countersteer, sometimes cause exactly the opposite.

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Is it true that homosexual adolescents are more likely to develop anorexia?

Yes, and clearly.In a study on this topic, 53% of all boys and men with eating disorders were homosexual. This is enormous, considering that the total frequency of homosexuality is only 1-5%.

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Why are models anything but good role models?

Because they are malnourished. At least most of them. And to a degree that is usually somewhere between seriously unhealthy to seriously ill.

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Since when is there anorexia?

All evidence suggests that anorexia is a "modern" disease. Or better say, one that is due to modern life. The first scientific mention of the "anorexia" dates back to 1868. In such a conspicuous disease (if young people voluntarily abstain from eating, which is practically impossible to overlook, even less in earlier and poorer times) you would have to clearly expect earlier reports - if the disease already existed.

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What is psychotherapy for anorexia?

Sometimes a lot. At least, the reservations of some parents against such a treatment method ("My daughter is not insane") are completely unjustified, because indeed the cause of anorexia is probably often in an unconscious "over-control".

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How do people with anorexia go hungry?

Those who eat too little are hungry. This is also people with anorexia so. The gnawing hunger causes thoughts to constantly revolve around food. But since the thoughts of the self-defined desired weight and the associated "prohibition list" are stronger, the hunger is not sufficiently satisfied.

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Can the doctor use blood tests to determine if anorexia is present?

No, at least not in the sense of a clear proof. So there is no clear blood value that only occurs in anorexia or bulimia.

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Why do anorexics often suffer from constipation?

The lack of food intake in anorexia leads in the intestine to a declining activity. There is nothing to do, so the gut becomes sluggish.

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Anorexia: take early symptoms seriously

Many parents of daughters who are prone to anorexia may close their eyes to the problem for too long. This is at least suggested by a study by the University of Dresden.

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Anorexia: How can one recognize the extreme weight control in everyday life?

Of course, for the relatives and friends of anorexics, extreme weight loss is often the most obvious indication that something is wrong. But there are also other clues that make you suspicious and maybe you should take a closer look.

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What medications do anorexics often use to speed up weight loss?

Laxatives and drainage tablets. Both drug groups are "effective" from the point of view of those affected, but unfortunately also associated with considerable health risks.

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Is it true that anorexics are sometimes attractively cold?

Yes. There are adolescents with anorexia nervosa who deliberately do not dress warm enough to relieve more by freezing. Most of them have previously read or heard somewhere that you consume more energy when freezing.

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Is it true that anorexics are often compulsive?

It is at least true that adolescents with anorexia nervosa relatively often have a rather introverted and dutiful personality structure. Also, a penchant for perfectionism and compulsiveness is more common than in people without eating disorder.

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Is it true that anorexics flee from growing up?

There are at least some experts who see it that way.In particular, if one psychoanalytically approaches the development of anorexia, this assumption also makes sense.

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How many people die of anorexia?

Unfortunately, the death rate in people with fulminant anorexia is very high: In about 10-15% of those affected the disease ends fatally.

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After the therapy: Do adolescents with anorexia have to return home?

If patients do not want to or can not return to the home or family after therapy, they may spend some time in a supervised residential therapeutic group.

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Anorexia and bulimia: Is there help and support for relatives?

There are self-help groups in almost all cities and regions for relatives of eating-disordered patients. Especially for parents of children with anorexia or bulimia. It is best to ask your GP or counseling center for eating disorders about such groups.

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Anorexia or bulimia: what is the best way to help those affected?

To change the eating habits of people with anorexia or bulimia, it usually takes a longer-lasting therapy. Even if you are very close to the person affected, for example, your daughter, you can hardly influence the eating habits of your loved one. This succeeds much more "neutral" and knowledgeable therapists.

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How should family, partners or friends deal with anorexia or bulimia patients?

The confrontation with an eating disorder in a person who is close to one, unsettles the most first. Lack of understanding stands in the way of contact and communication with the patient. Therefore, the first step should be to get information about anorexia or bulimia.

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What to do if the waiting time for a stationary therapy place is very long?

Many clinics have waiting lists for patients who want to undergo inpatient therapy. In urgent cases, the department will make every effort to accommodate patients as early as possible. If the waiting times are too long, on the one hand there is the possibility to go to another clinic.

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Is it possible to interrupt or interrupt inpatient therapy at your own request?

Basically you can not force anyone to a treatment, and in particular a psychotherapy requires that the person affected also has the will to change. Thus, the person concerned can cancel a treatment even if he refuses inwardly anyway or feels already "cured".

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Is bulimia (vomiting) always associated with vomiting?

Most patients with bulimia, after so-called feeding attacks, first induce vomiting to control their weight. Later vomiting often works reflexively.

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Can anorexics be recognized by their low pulse?

No. Although the heart rate in anorexics is indeed often lower (in about every third patient), the slow pulse is not a reliable diagnostic criterion, especially since it can have other causes.

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Is an anorexia always present when the Body Mass Index (BMI) is below 17.5?

No, stronger underweight can of course have other causes.

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What are serious signs of anorexia or bulimia?

It is not always easy to spot an eating disorder. If a patient is very underweight, it is easier to suspect an eating disorder.

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What deficiencies can cause eating disorders?

Starvation, vomiting and medication abuse of diuretics and laxatives can lead to severe deficiency symptoms.The cause not only complaints, but can have life-threatening consequences.

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Can older people develop an eating disorder?

Even older people can develop an eating disorder. However, this is not as common as it is with adolescents or young people. When it comes to eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia, the disease usually persists for a long time.

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Why do anorexics not realize that they are way too thin?

The parents worry, even friends say the person concerned, she is far too thin - but she finds herself too fat. Even if the balance proves that the weight goes down, the mirror image says something else - much too thick. Why can not anorexics themselves see that they are underweight?

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How do I address the person affected if I suspect an eating disorder (anorexia / bulimia)?

If you are worried that your own child, perhaps your sister or girlfriend, is suffering from an eating disorder, then you should talk to the person in peace. It is important that you communicate your concern for the other.

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What causes behind anorexia?

Disturbed eating behavior is a symptom of underlying problems and conflicts. However, the underlying problems are individually different and usually not so easy to recognize or even change.

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How to notice an anorexia?

There is some evidence that a person is suffering from anorexia. Underweight is an indication among several. The body weight is at least 15% below the normal weight (BMI at or below 17.5) or below the normal and gender equivalent weight.

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Who is the right person to contact if you suspect an eating disorder?

If you suspect an eating disorder as a parent, partner, friend or sufferer, it is advisable to visit a specialist, a counseling center or the outpatient clinic.

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Inpatient or outpatient therapy?

Whether an inpatient or outpatient treatment of anorexia is better, can not be answered easily. For many anorexic patients, it is good to leave their personal environment for a few weeks or even months and adjust to a hospital stay.

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