Anorexia Nervosa is sometimes misdiagnosed as Illness Anxiety Disorder

It has been reported that some patients have been misdiagnosed with Illness Anxiety Disorder, when in fact the correct diagnosis in their specific case was Anorexia Nervosa.

Treatment of anorexia nervosa is a multi-targeted approach. It includes doctors and dietitians to help achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Hospitalisation is required if the lack of nutrition leads to serious conditions. A mental health professional is also required to help the patient understand about the benefits of a healthy diet. The doctor will need to rule out any other medical conditions that ay result in weight loss. A mental health professional can help in diagnosing anorexia nervosa based on the symptoms and a mental exam of the patient.

Always consult your doctor or health professional, and do not self diagnose.

Symptoms can include:

Thin appearance, extreme weight loss, dizziness or fainting, not making expected weight gains, fatigue, abnormal blood counts, insomnia, bluish discoloration of the fingers, soft downy hair covering the body, absence of menstruation, constipation and abdominal pain, dry or yellowish skin, intolerance of cold, irregular heart rhythms, low blood pressure, dehydration, swelling of arms or legs, eroded teeth, hair that thins or breaks or falls out

Symptoms are a guideline only and may apply to either the diagnosis or the reported misdiagnosis, or both. Consult your specialist for further information.

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