What’s the Phsyical Criteria You Have to Meet to Be Diagnosed With Anorexia?

Question by xxMissingxx: what’s the phsyical criteria you have to meet to be diagnosed with anorexia?
i’m anorexic but i’m not sure if i could be diagnosed. i’m 5’8.5 and 105 pounds
i know that anorexia is a mental illness, and i know all the mental problems that come with it.

what i was asking is what is the PHYSICAL things that a psychiatrist would look for in order to diagnose anorexia nervosa?

Best answer:

Answer by ang k
anorexia is more than just a physical check list. this is a standard definition.

Anorexia nervosa is an illness that usually occurs in teenage girls, but it can also occur in teenage boys, and adult women and men. People with anorexia are obsessed with being thin. They lose a lot of weight and are terrified of gaining weight. They believe they are fat even though they are very thin. Anorexia isn’t just a problem with food or weight. It’s an attempt to use food and weight to deal with emotional problems.

Your mind will make you anorexic not just your body.

Answer by Animal Lover
You are definitely underweight….

To be diagnosed as having anorexia nervosa, according to the DSM-IV-TR, a person must display:

Refusal to maintain body weight at or above a minimally normal weight for age and height (e.g., weight loss leading to maintenance of body weight less than 85% of that expected; or failure to make expected weight gain during period of growth, leading to body weight less than 85% of that expected).
Intense fear of gaining weight or becoming obese.
Disturbance in the way in which one’s body weight or shape is experienced, undue influence of body weight or shape on self-evaluation, or denial of the seriousness of the current low body weight.
The absence of at least three consecutive menstrual cycles (amenorrhea), in women who have had their first menstrual period but have not yet gone through menopause (postmenarcheal, premenopausal females).
Or other eating related disorders.

“Individuals with anorexia do not worry about their weight loss. Therefore, they generally do not seek professional help. Parents, other relatives, or friends are often responsible for getting the necessary help for the family member suffering from anorexia.

The diagnosis of anorexia is made when the anorexic either loses fifteen percent (15%) of their weight or when the growing child fails to acquire eighty-five percent (85%) of the minimal weight for their particular age and height. As mentioned above, young people with anorexia do not see themselves as overly thin, and they gain a great sense of achievement by keeping themselves trim. A history of excessive exercise, self-induced vomiting, and the overuse of laxatives or diuretics helps the mental health professional make a diagnosis of anorexia.”


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