Anorexia is the decreased sensation of appetite (derived from the Greek for ‘absence of appetite’). Many possible causes exist for a decreased appetite, some of which are harmless and some of which come with severe complications. In common language, the terms anorexia and anorexia nervosa are often used interchangeably; however Anorexia Nervosa is a condition in which appetite is unaffected but the patient starves willingly and out of fear.
Anorexia nervosa (AN) is an eating disorder characterized by excessive food restriction and irrational fear of gaining weight. It typically involves excessive weight loss and starvation. Weight is usually 15% below the person’s normal body weight for corresponding age and height. Anorexia usually begins in young people (usually girls) around mid to late adolescence. Continue reading
WHAT IS DEPRESSION?
Depression is a common psychiatric condition affecting a person’s mood. Studies estimate that about 10-15% of men and 20-25% of women will suffer from depression at some point in their lifetime. It is also estimated that about 10% patients attending a general practitioner’s clinic suffer from depression. This may go up to 25% in patients suffering from chronic physical illnesses such as diabetes, Cancer.
Depression is easy to diagnose and treat. In many western countries, the family doctor treats depression initially. The awareness of depression among Indian public and doctors is low and many depressed patients do not get the help they need. Stigma attached to visiting a psychiatrist compounds the problem further. Depression mainly affects a person’s quality of life and productivity. Suicide rates are about 10 times higher in depressed patients when compared to normal population.