Eating disorders are a group of disorders where the patient is preoccupied by food, body self image and cannot concentrate on anything else. It is a serious illness and challenging to treat. The main types of eating disorders are anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge-eating disorder; these illnesses are life threatening if left unattended. They strike females more than males.
The treatment involves psychotherapy, medication, family counseling, seeing a nutritionist.
In this patient is preoccupied by being thin and has a negative body image. Patient starves herself or himself, at times to the level of being physically ill or being dead.
Few symptoms of anorexia are
Bulimia defining features are episodes of bingeing and purging. The individual eats a large amount of food in short time and then vomits or purges it out.
Bulimia signs and symptoms may include:
This disorder is characterized by excessive eating by a person in spite of being full. But this behavior is not accompanied by exercise, vomiting or purging and after the binging episode person tries to consume more food to overcome the guilt. The person may be normal weight or over weight.
Some key symptoms are
Generally an eating disorder cannot be tackled by the patient on their own; you need to consult a doctor. Eating disorder takes control of patients life and he or she spends hours only thinking about food and exercising to level of exhaustion.
Before eating orders disrupts patients physical health it is better to take treatment. There have been cases in the past where patients have lost their lives where it has gone untreated due to dehydration, heart problems or starvation.
Dr Gorav Gupta, a leading psychiatrist in Delhi, India has treated many patients suffering from eating disorder. If you know somebody with an eating disorder call to get an appointment at the earliest for best treatment of eating disorder in Delhi.