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Recovering from Anorexia; Mortality - Death Rate

Abstract: According to one study: 40 % recover completely, 20 % die.

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Recovering from Anorexia; Mortality - Death Rate

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Written by: Fabio Piccini, doctor and Jungian psychotherapist, in charge of the "Centre for Eating Disorders Therapy" at the "Malatesta Novello" Clinic in Cesena. Works privately in Rimini and Chiavari. E-mail:
First version: 22 Jul 2008.
Latest revision: 09 Aug 2008.

How many patients recover from Anorexia? How many die?

Answer:

According to a recent Swedish study, Anorexia Nervosa, when properly treated, recovers completely in about 40% of the cases; recovers with defect (some permanent sub-symptom remaining) in 35% of the cases, and evolves towards an incurable chronic condition in 25% of the cases.

Anorexia Nervosa is the psychiatric pathology with the highest index of mortality (20% within 17 years from the diagnosis).

These percentages do not include, obviously, the related figures about the recovery of the mind, do not consider the scars that such a serious pathology can leave, nor the benefits coming from fighting such a cruel battle. Such knowledge is highly subjective and can be retrieved only in the hearts of the ones who have lived such an experience.

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