Abby’s story: an adolescent anorexia to bulimia for Bipolar Disorder ;
When he was 14 years old, Abby began his struggle with mental illness. At that age, she already focused heavily on the scale with a growing relationship altered to food. In an article published on the website of National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) , Abby admitted, “I measured my life by the changing number on the scale.”
Abby attended therapy as a way of coping with the disease. However, at that time she had other factors in his life that kept fully receive the benefits of therapy. His parents did not fully understand the disorder and were denying it; his father needed his support, and there were other worries at home that made him feel he needed to manage the disorder itself.
However, as Roman Susie of National Eating Disorders Association , he said, eating disorders are teenagers severe mental illness and no way of life or a way of life. However, despite the severity of the mental illness, not going to hear about it too much in the media. It is still not an issue that also discussed. Although the discussion has greatly improved over the last 20 years, there is a long way to go in terms of giving these disorders attention they deserve.
Specifically, people with anorexia often begin with an intense desire to lose weight, which is transformed into a morbid fear of gaining weight, to the point of endangering his life. Being thin is a way to exert power and control, which becomes the most important and necessary for survival, despite the fact that they are damaging their body and lose their lives as a result.
There are two types of adolescent anorexia nervosa . The first is the restrictive type, which is the absence of any binges or purges. The second is the Binge Eating / Purging Type, which is the regular occurrence of this behavior. While in high school, anorexia Abby became bulimia. In the early stages of bulimia, bingeing compensatory behavior is a way to alleviate the guilt of having eaten so much food. However, later it becomes a method of regulating mood. As anorexia nervosa, there are two types of bulimia nervosa. The first is the type of purge, which is the regular occurrence purge as a way to compensate for binge eating. The second is the absence of bleed, but uses other forms of compensatory behavior.
Despite the apparent worsening of the disorder, Abby continued to feel as if she needed to manage the disease itself, occasionally seeing a therapist during high school. However, it was not until she started college and her eating disorder worsened. He also developed bipolar disorder and was then when she finally decided to take a leave of absence from school and attend a residential treatment center to treat their disease. Abby was provided with individual and group therapy, medication and meals.
Unfortunately, the rate of onset of eating disorders is increasing only. This is partly because the talks on these mental illnesses are occurring more frequently, and partly because the underlying problems in Western culture. In 2005, a television series called “starving” discounts and mocked the struggles that has an eating disorder. In one scene, which is supposed to be fun, a detergency poured onto a piece of cake to avoid eating it, but later ran trash for some binge eating disorder.
it was not long before social service groups like the National Association of Eating Disorders and the Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Related Disorders protested against this supposed comedy and soon the series was canceled.
As a society, we have a long way to go. Meanwhile, eating disorders are dangerous if left untreated. Anorexia nervosa has one of the highest rates of mortality among mental illnesses. Fortunately, Abby is still in recovery and focuses on college and not on the scale.
Al Qassar, D. (February 2014). Living Life on a scale. National Alliance on Mental Illness. Retrieved March 20, 2014, compared https://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=Top_Story&template=/contentmanagement/contentdisplay.cfm&ContentID=165991&title=Living%20Life%20On%20a%20Scale
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