Anorexia: Other Health Problems That May Occur
It is not clear whether other mental health disorders occur before or as a result of Reference anorexia nervosa Opens New Window. Treatment can be difficult when a person has anorexia along with other mental health disorders. Some of the most common mental health disorders that can be present with anorexia include:Reference 1
- Reference Depression Opens New Window, which occurs in up to 50 out of 100 people who have anorexia.
- Irrational fears (phobias), including Reference social anxiety disorder Opens New Window.
- Reference Obsessive-compulsive disorder Opens New Window.
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, marked by a drive for perfectionism, orderliness, and control.
- Reference Panic disorder Opens New Window or Reference panic attacks Opens New Window.
- Reference Post-traumatic stress disorder Opens New Window.
- Reference Substance abuse Opens New Window, which can increase the risk of death in those who also have anorexia.
- Body dysmorphic disorder, which is an imagined belief that there is a defect in your body or your physical appearance even though none exists, such as seeing yourself as fat when you are thin.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference August 25, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Adam Husney, MD, MD - Family Medicine
Reference W. Stewart Agras, MD - Psychiatry