Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder specifically where the restrictive behavior of food consumption is concerned. Sufferers will have a fear of weight-gain and will perceive their bodies in a distorted fashion.
Anorexia nervosa and anorexia are interchangeable terms and both are regularly used. The main characteristics of anorexia nervosa are low body weight, painfully thin body frame, sunken facial cheeks and enlarged appearance of the eyes.
Often sufferers will obsessively check their bodies by weighing themselves and looking at themselves in the mirror. Anorexia nervosa is a serious disorder, which can affect your health and even prove fatal.
There are three key factors, which determine whether someone has anorexia nervosa:
- a stubborn refusal to maintain a healthy body weight
- an intense fear of weight gain
- a distorted body self-image
Do you or someone who know may have anorexia nervosa? Help is available. You might qualify for the Canadian Disability Tax Credit and other benefits offered by the Canadian government.
Anorexia nervosa is believed partly to be an inherited condition; some of the triggering factors include low levels of the brain chemicals the dopamine and serotonin. Sometimes, the trigger can be weight loss such as that leading from crash dieting.
Anorexia also has important psychosocial roots, caused by low self-confidence or self-esteem, or pressure from peers, family, media and society/. It is rather natural to think any person would love to look slim and different from what they look like at the present. It is when a sufferer becomes dangerously pre-occupied with the food they eat that the problem occurs. This becomes the sign of an eating disorder.
Symptoms for a patient suffering from anorexia nervosa include:
- A stubborn refusal to maintain correct body weight
- Obsession with calorie-controlled diets and weight watching
- Overreaction to even the slightest weight gain
- Forcibly making themselves sick to purge food (Anorexics may have a comorbid condition called bulimia nervosa, which involves quickly binging and purging food)
- Hair loss or thinning scalp
- Depression and fatigue
- Abdominal distention
Disability Tax Credits for Anorexia Nervosa
There is help and assistance available when you think you are ready to make that change. Everyone deserves a second chance. Treatment will help you feel more like your old self again, allow you to live better, and learn to value yourself.
Do you or a loved suffer from anorexia or routinely check what you eat and purge your food secretly? Is the disorder seriously affecting your quality of life? You might be eligible for the Disability Tax Credits and benefits. Contact HandyTax today!