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Anorexia Can Give You a Feeling of Satisfaction

Abstract: Anorexia is similar to drug addiction in that sense that it can give you a feeling of satisfaction. It seems as if anorexia stimulates those substances in the brain which affect the pleasure and reward centre.

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Anorexia Can Give You a Feeling of Satisfaction

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Written by: Gunborg Palme, certified psychologist and certified psychotherapist, teacher and tutor in psychotherapy.
First version: 22 Jul 2008.
Latest revision: 09 Aug 2008.

Is anorexia similar to drug addiction?

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People who fast can get high from starvation. Many anorectics describe how starvation reduces psychic anguish and how the anxiety returns when they begin to eat again. It seems as if anorexia stimulates those substances in the brain which affect the pleasure and reward centre, and thereby enables them to control and avoid psychic anguish in the same way as alcoholics and drug addicts do.

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