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Causes of Relapse of Anorexia Nervosa

Abstract: Any psychical distress can cause a relapse of anorexia, in the same way as relapses in smoking for a person who has quit smoking.

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Causes of Relapse of Anorexia Nervosa

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Written by: , certified psychologist and certified psychotherapist, teacher and tutor in psychotherapy.
First version: 22 Jul 2008.
Latest revision: 05 Aug 2008.

What can cause a relapse of anorexia nervosa?

Answer:

Hunger deadens psychological pain. When stress, anxiety and other bad feelings seem to make life unbearable, it is tempting to take an easy way out. This "easy way" may help one to feel better for the moment, but of course it does not solve any problems.

Anything that causes the ex-anorectic psychological distress to an extent where she has a hard time persisting may drive her to starving herself again. It is almost like an ex-smoker, the risk for relapse is always there.

Treatment with Prozac/Fontex/Fluoxetine may help to prevent relapses; discuss this with a psychiatrist.

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