The neurotransmitters of the brain can be altered, leaving the perception affected. Hypothermia can occur due to the loss of fat tissue from starvation. An anorexic suffering from hypothermia has a slow reaction time, is clumsy, lethargic, has blurred thinking, and hallucinations.
Besides having impaired memory, people struggling with eating disorders like anorexia nervosa and bulimia are more likely to have other mental and emotional issues, including:
- Mood is very unstable, with many low periods of tearfulness and pessimism
- Levels of anxiety increase
- Irritability increases
- Unable to concentrate
An anorexic suffering from hypothermia has a slow reaction time, is clumsy, lethargic, has blurred thinking, and hallucinations. In addition, sleep disturbances—either not being able to sleep at all or frequent awakening will create forgetfulness as well.
As an eating disorder progresses, work, school, and relationships are inevitably affected as forgetfulness increases, and judgment and decision-making abilities decrease.