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The Psychology of Eating Disorders

All eating disorders have an underlying psychological reason. A normal person may be fat or thin naturally. When weight and food becomes an obsession, it becomes clear that the patient is disturbed psychologically.

Eating disorders are caused by depression, anxiety, lack of self esteem, substance addiction, anger, loneliness, inadequacy and many other psychological conditions. The life of patients with eating disorders revolves around their food and diet. This is why eating disorders cannot be treated by a mere correction of the diet. Researchers who conduct research into eating disorders use tools from neuroscience and psychology to get answers. The medication prescribed to patients with eating disorders includes anti depressants, anti psychotic drugs and mood stabilizing drugs. Doctors treat eating disorders using therapy that helps changing the behavior and lifestyle of the patient. The family of the patient is involved to make sure that the disorder does not relapse after treatment.