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Anorexia 2

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*This a project for a high school AP Psychology course. This is a fictionalized account of having a psychological ailment. For questions about this blog project or its content please email the teacher Chris Jocham: jocham@fultonschools.org

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Anorexia 2

  1. 1. Anorexia<br />By: Mariella Marie<br />*This a project for a high school AP Psychology course. This is a fictionalized account of having a psychological ailment. For questions about this blog project or its content please email the teacher Chris Jocham: jocham@fultonschools.org<br />
  2. 2. About Anorexia<br /> Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder in which someone takes dangerous measures to lose weight. These measures may include: skipping meals, using laxatives, avoiding food, intense and compulsive exercising, and eating food in unreasonably small quantities.<br />
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  4. 4. Symptoms<br />Fear of gaining weight, even though underweight<br />Intense resistance to being at healthy body weight for age and height<br />Infrequent or absent period, or delayed onset of first period <br />Denial of the severity of disorder<br />
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  6. 6. Treatment<br />Treatment of anorexia requires a specific program that involves three main phases: <br />restoring weight that has been lost to severe dieting and purging <br />treating any psychological disturbances, such as distortion of body image, low self-esteem, and interpersonal or emotional conflicts; and <br />achieving long-term remission and rehabilitation, or full recovery. <br />
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  8. 8. Who’s At Risk?<br />Females make up 95% of the anorexic population<br />Most are also teenage girls<br />Caucasians more affected than any other race<br />More common in middle and upper classes<br />
  9. 9. According to the statistics these girls are at higher risk for developing Anorexia Nervosa.<br />
  10. 10. Causes<br />Dysfunction in hypothalamus which controls metabolism<br />Feeding problems or general under eating as an infant<br />Maternal depressive symptoms<br />Peer pressure to look a certain way<br />Poor self image<br />
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  12. 12. Health Risks <br />Low blood pressure <br />Abnormally slow heart rate<br />Constipation<br />Abdominal pain<br />Absence of menstrual periods<br />
  13. 13. Low Blood Pressure<br />Abdominal Pain<br />Absence of Period<br />
  14. 14. Health Risks (cont.)<br />Decreased urination<br />Potassium deficiency<br />Bone density loss<br />Anemia<br />Electrolyte imbalance<br />
  15. 15. Anemia<br />Bone Density Loss<br />Potassium Defficiency<br />
  16. 16. Celebs That Have Battled the Disease<br />Alanis Morissette<br />Mary-Kate Olsen<br />Victoria Beckham<br />
  17. 17. How Anorexia Affects Me…<br />Having Anorexia, I feel unconfident in myself and have very low self-esteem..<br />
  18. 18. Sometimes I’m scared I might die because of my condition, but I’m even more afraid of being overweight.<br />
  19. 19. I Have a strong aversion to food, I have since I was a little girl.<br />
  20. 20. I hate looking in the mirror…<br />
  21. 21. Food is all around bad for me, I don’t even like to as much as smell it.<br />
  22. 22. When I do eat, I eat bland foods like rice and crackers.<br />
  23. 23. The only beverages I drink are Right Size Smoothies and water.<br />
  24. 24. Along with my eating disorder comes depression…its hard when you’re never satisfied with yourself as you are.<br />
  25. 25. THE END<br />

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