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Glossary for Eating disorders

  • Adolescent conditions: Symptoms that are evident due to puberty
  • Anorexia Nervosa: A disorder where a distorted sense of body image leads to self-starvation to the point of death in some cases.
  • Anxiety disorders: Anxiety disorders are persistent and excessive feelings of fear, worry or uneasiness that are significant enough to have an impact on day-to-day life. Excessive anxiety can have repercussions on physical and mental health. There are a number of different subtypes of anxiety disorders such as General anxiety, Social anxiety, Phobias, Hypochondria and Obsessive compulsive disorder.
  • Behavioral disorders: Disorders affecting behavior and emotional wellbeing
  • Binge eating: A condition which is characterized by the eating of copious amounts of food
  • Binge eating disorder: Excessive overeating but without purging
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder: Delusional belief about body shape or appearance
  • Bowel movements: Changes in type or frequency of bowel motions
  • Bulimia nervosa: Eating disorder with binging (overeating) and purging (vomiting).
  • Cardiac arrest: Stoppage of the heart, usually caused by heart attack
  • Chemical addiction: Addiction to and abuse of various substances.
  • Constipation: Difficult or dry bowel movements
  • Death: The cessation of life
  • Depression: Various syndromes with excessive anxiety, phobias, or fear.
  • Diabetic Gastroparesis: Gastroparesis is a diabetic complication that occurs from neuropathy of the stomach nerve (called the "vagus nerve"). This causes digestive difficulties as the food starts to move too slowly through the stomach.
  • Digestive symptoms: Any symptoms affecting the digestive tract.
  • Disordered Eating: Unusual and troubled eating habits
  • Dissociative Identity Disorder: A neurotic mental disorder where a person's field of consciousness is limited in order to fulfill an unconscious goal. Often selective amnesia is involved and the person develops what is called multiple personalities.
  • Double Depression: Double depression occurs when someone with dysthymia experiences an episode of major depression.
  • Dysomnia: Dysomnia is a general term for sleep disorder. It is a primary sleep disorder in which the patient suffers from changes in the quantity, quality, or timing of sleep.
  • Eating Disorder not Otherwise Specified (ENDOS): Eating disorder that does not match a specific category.
  • Eating symptoms: Symptoms related to eating.
  • Electrolyte imbalance: impairment in the level of electrolytes in the body
  • Exercise: The use of the human muscles to improve ones health
  • Food symptoms: Symptoms related to food.
  • Heart failure: Slow failure of the heart (cardiac insufficiency).
  • Hypokalemia: Low levels of potassium in the body.
  • Kidney failure: Total failure of the kidneys to filter waste
  • Marasmus: A form of malnutrition caused by a severe deficiency of both protein and calories
  • Mental health conditions: Medical conditions related to mental health, emotions, behavior, personality, psychology, psychiatry, and so on.
  • Mental illness: Any psychological syndrome
  • Nutritional conditions: Medical conditions related to nutrition, including nutritional deficiencies.
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder: Behavioral disorder with obsessive thoughts and compulsive acts.
  • Osteoporosis: Bone thinning and weakening from bone calcium depletion.
  • Overeating: A term used to describe excessive eating. It is often caused by damage to the part of the brain called the hypothalmos.
  • Pregnancy: The condition of supporting a fetus from conception till birth.
  • Premenstrual dysphoric disorder: Premenstrual dysphoric disorder is a diagnosis used to indicate serious premenstrual distress with associated deterioration in functioning.
  • Psychiatric disorders: Any condition that affects ones mind
  • Psychological disorders: Any condition that affects ones mind
  • Secrecy: Secrecy in behavior possibly including isolation
  • Suicide: Taking one's own life or attempting to do so.
  • Teeth grinding: Grinding teeth when asleep
  • Vomiting: Vomiting or retching symptoms.
  • Weight conditions: Disorders affecting body weight, including overweight and underweight conditions.
  • Weight gain: An increase in weight for any reason.
  • Weight loss: Loss of body weight.


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