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Anorexia Nervosa

How Is Anorexia Nervosa Diagnosed?

Friday, March 16, 2012 - 14:56

Contributing Author: Guy Slowik FRCS

The diagnosis and evaluation process usually begins with a detailed interview with the person with anorexia nervosa and family members. Questions are usually asked about:

  • Weight history
  • Eating patterns
  • Concerns about weight and shape
  • Dieting and weight-losing behaviors
  • Whether or not binge eating has been a problem
  • Problems in the family or other relationships
  • Physical and psychological symptoms that occurred before the disorder started
  • Physical and psychological symptoms that have occurred since it started

A thorough medical evaluation is also performed in order to assess the physical problems that may have resulted from weight loss, vomiting, and laxative abuse. This involves a complete physical examination and may require blood tests and/or an electrocardiogram.

It is important to rule out other possible physical explanations for the weight loss and become aware of other physical problems that may affect the treatment planning.

Anorexia Nervosa