Psychogenic polydipsa is a mental disorder where the patient feels the need to drink water, or other liquids, obsessively.
Eating disorders, whether anorexia, bulimia, compulsive overeating or one of the many other types of eating disorders, are often associated with an unrealistic view of oneself. Those who suffer from eating disorders can have poor body image and unrealistic expectations of how much they should weigh. Some will literally starve themselves to death in order to achieve an unrealistic goal of weight loss. Eating disorders affect mainly women, but can affect men as well.
Eating disorders are treatable, but the psychological roots of the disorder must be addressed for the patient to get well. Explore the possible causes of eating disorders, including body dysmorphic disorder or muscle dysmorphia. Also discover more about other eating disorders, including pica, compulsive exercising and others. Learn the treatment methods of various eating disorders, research, diagnosis, tips on recovering and how to help a loved one with an eating disorder.
Did you know that there are people who overeat at night while sleeping? Learn about a poorly understood and rare eating disorder known as Sleep Eating Syndrome.
Did you know that there are people with constant worries about their appearance and believing that they have little defects over their bodies? Learn about Body Dysmorphic Disorder, its symptoms, causes, and treatments.
Do you know that there are people who consume their first major meal at dinner time and consume half their daily caloric intake after dinner? These are night eaters and they have a rare eating disorder known as Night Eating Syndrome (NES). Learn about NES and its treatment.
Learn about bigorexia, a little known eating disorder, poorly understood and difficult to diagnose and treat. Bigorexia is believing oneself is too small or too skinny. Learn about bigorexia symptoms, characteristics, and treatment.
Learn about Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified (EDNOS), a group of eating disorders that do not fall under the recognizable disorders type (bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa).
Nutritional deficiencies can cause children and adults to experience unusual cravings for non- food items, such as dirt, ice and soap. This is an eating disorder called Pica. Pica in adults and children can easily be corrected. Treatment involves correcting the nutritional deficiencies.
Uncontrollable eating followed by feelings of guilt and shame, but without the usual purging involved in bulimia. If this is you, it could be food addiction or compulsive overeating disorder.
Orthorexia is a commonly misdiagnosed eating disorder. A person with orthorexia has an unhealthy obsession with healthy eating. Get to know signs of orthorexia and how to help someone with it.
Studies of eating habits have indicated that human genetics and our biology may play significant roles in the development of eating disorders. Genetic studies may explain how eating disorders arise in some individuals and not in others.