Treating Anorexia Nervosa through Pharmacotherapy and Psychotherapy

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Samira Behiyat


Anorexia nervosa is a disorder recognized by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder, the Fourth Edition, Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR). It affects more women than men and is characterized by body weight less than 85% of what is considered normal. Anorexics limit their food intake, are constantly on diet, are never satisfied with their appearance, have a disordered body image believing to be overweight, engage in excessive exercising, suffer from long-term depression, and the female anorexics experience amenorrhea (Barlow & Durand, 2005; Kring, Davison, Neale, & Johnson, 2007). Pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy show promising result in treating anorexia nervosa even though the research outcome is not always consistent. This article gives an overview of pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy as primary treatments for anorexia nervosa.


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