Anorexia Nervosa

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Anorexia Nervosa by Mind Map: Anorexia Nervosa

1. Early Prevention

1.1. Education about Anorexia

1.1.1. Educating students in schools of the risks of eating disorders, having it written into the currriculum PRO- students are more informed/aware of the risks of malnutrition CON- brings anorexia to the surface, people could consider it an option

1.1.2. Providing a counselor for students/people to talk to PRO- provides support system for people with depression, concerned about their body image CON- makes the issue more apparent, something to consider

1.1.3. Teaching about the early signs of someone who may be anorexic PRO- making people aware of what to look out for among family, friends, etc. CON- makes the issue apparent

1.2. Social Media

1.2.1. Raise awareness through campaign PRO- raises awareness for the cause, informs the risks CON- costly

1.2.2. Celebrity figures using social media to embrace the 'not so thin' way of life PRO- If influential figures are embracing being a normal weight, not being bone skinny, people who look up to these figures as idols will follow the same way CON- not everybody loves certain influential figures, many people do not look up to influential figures in today's society

1.2.3. Promoting Body Image PRO- promoting the 'thicker' lifestyle, boosts self confidence CON- bringing body image to the light may make some feel more inclined to look skinny

2. Treatment

2.1. Medication

2.1.1. Antidepressants PRO- helps battle anorexia's coworker: depression CON- easier access to pills, if they do have depression, overdose is a potential option

2.1.2. Guidance from a Dietitian PRO- guidance from an educated professional on gaining healthy weight back CON- patient doesn't have to take feedback from the dietitian, especially if the patient has no desire to get batter.

2.2. Hospitalization

2.2.1. Group Housing PRO- in a center with other people who share the same illness, able to share experiences CON- in a center with others who share the same illness, able to share tricks to continue the binge purge pattern.

2.2.2. Nastrogastic Food Tube Feeding PRO- if the patient is in serious condition, able to pump food into their body CON- patient is able to remove the tube

2.2.3. Supervised Weight Gain PRO- able to slowly improve weight CON- all depends on the attitude and mindset of the patient

2.3. Psychotherapy

2.3.1. Group therapy sessions PRO- able to converse with other patientsin the same position CON- puts the patient into an environment with people with the same psychological mindset towards body image, scheming

2.3.2. Individual therapy sessions PRO- Patient receives one on one counseling on the issue, able to focus on the specific patient case CON- only helpful to the patient if they have the psychological attitude of getting better

2.3.3. Family therapy sessions PRO- involving immediate family, patient has family support CON- patient must share feelings with close family, patient may not want family involved in their individual problem

3. Further Research

3.1. Effects of Anorexia

3.1.1. Effects of Malnutrition on the body PRO- research about malnutrition can lead to alternative ways of feeding (nastrogastic tube) CON- Costly

3.1.2. Effects of Dehydration on the body PRO- research about dehydration could lead to alternative ways of getting nutrients into the patients body CON- costly, may not have an outcome related to anorexia

3.2. Environmental Impact

3.2.1. Western Cultures portrayal of body image PRO- research how different cultures portray the 'correct' body image, and potentially change mindset of media using research CON- costly, may not prove to have an outcome

3.2.2. Developing Cultures portrayal of body image PRO- researching how developing cultures portray body image in comparison to western culture, being able to distinguish a key cause of Anorexia. CON- costly research

3.3. Genetics

3.3.1. Is anorexia passed down through genes? PRO- research on the genetics aspect of anorexia could prove to help in coming up with a medical cure for people who have it, so that they do not pass it on

3.4. Neurobiology

3.4.1. Psychological Impact PRO- research about the psychological impact would help to understand why someone would stop eating. Help determine causes CON- psychology is the 'unknown' science, costly research, not much discovered

3.4.2. What are anorexia patient's brains telling them? PRO- research on what is actually going on in a an anorexic patient's brain can help to find a medical cure for the disease CON- costly research, could take a long time to come up with results

3.5. Secondary Illnesses

3.5.1. Depression PRO- depression and anorexia work hand in hand, could prove to come up with very valuable information CON- costly research

3.5.2. Drug/Alcohol/Substance Abuse PRO- substance abuse is a secondary illness of anorexia, very valuable correlation/research would be product CON- costly research

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