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abnormal psych (10-15-09)

abnormal psych (10-15-09) - Abie Feuerstein Abnormal psych...

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Abie Feuerstein 10-15-09 Abnormal psych Eating Disorders Major types o Bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa Disruptions in eating behavior Fear of gaining weight o Socio-cultual origins Westernized views (media) o Increasing rates Possibly leveling off? Bulimia Nervosa Binge eating o Excess amounts of food (normal person: 2,000 calories per day) o Perceived as “out of control” Compensatory behaviors o Purging (vomiting, lactives, diarrhetics (pee)) o Excessive exercise o Fasting (dangerous cause it re-starts cycle) Belief that popularity and self-esteem are determined by weight and body shape (success, social status) Prefer fatty and greasy foods, sweets, carbs, cereal, ice cream Subtypes o Purging (most common) Ineffective o Nonpurging (6-8%) Most are within 10% of normal weight (can’t easily tell when someone is bulimic) Medical consequences o Salivary gland enlargement o Erosion of dental enamel o Electrolyte imbalance o Kidney failure o Cardiac arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat) o Seizures o Intestinal problems o Permanent colon damage Associated psychological disorders o Anxiety (75%) Social phobia and GAD Fear of embarrassment in social situations o Mood disorders (50-70%) Usually unipolar depression as opposed to bipolar
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o Substance abuse (36.8%)
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