For the majority of her life, year-old Angela Lackey, a writer from Midland, Michigan, says she rarely fussed about her weight or worried about eating. She had a normal body image and, at pounds, was healthy and fit. But shortly after being diagnosed with a thyroid illness that contributed to a sudden weight loss, she says friends began to notice her thinning figure. She didn't know it then, but those comments would fuel unhealthy eating behaviors that would lead to full-fledged anorexia in a downward spiral that nearly cost Lackey her life. While anorexia can hit at all ages, most people assume that it's an adolescent disorder.
Understanding Adult Anorexia
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Anorexia nervosa AN is a serious psychiatric disorder that often follows a protracted course, and continues to confound those who attempt treatment once the patient has reached adulthood. Several randomized clinical trials for adults with AN have tested well-known therapies such as cognitive behavior therapy, supportive psychotherapies, or focal psychodynamic therapy, all of which have delivered frustratingly few helpful treatment strategies. Perhaps a different path could be pursued where we do not aim to cure all patients with one or two of these well-trodden therapies, Instead, a more targeted alternative, testing several novel approaches, could collectively reach a larger cohort of patients suffering from AN, the most lethal of all psychiatric disorders. Anorexia nervosa AN is a serious psychiatric disorder and often follows a protracted course Wonderlich et al. This is especially true for adults with this debilitating disorder, as most randomized controlled trials RCTs of outpatient psychotherapy or pharmacotherapy for adults with AN have provided few treatment guidelines, and more often inconclusive findings e. This state of affairs has left investigators exasperated, highlighting the significant challenges around treatment acceptance and completion in AN, and even cautioning colleagues to reconsider embarking on such endeavors without an improved understanding of these challenges e.
Eating Disorders Plaguing Older Women
Adults with anorexia often have distinctive traits that lock them into a destructive relationship with food. Carrie Arnold discovers how those same traits could help them escape it. Heather Purdin had run out of options.
Unspecified type: F Restricting type: F Anorexia nervosa AN is part of a cluster of diagnoses called the feeding and eating disorders. Feeding and eating disorders are a group of psychiatric conditions that include:.