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Diagnostic Terms: Eating Disorders, Substance Abus


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anorexia nervosa
a severe disturbance in eating behavior caused by abnormal perceptions about one's body weight, as evidenced by an overwhelming fear of becoming fat that results in a refusal to eat and body weight we
bulimia nervosa
an eating disorder characterized by binge eating followed by efforts to limit digestion through induced vomiting, use of laxatives, or excessive exercise
substance abuse disorders
mental disorders resulting from abuse of substances such as drugs, alcohol, or other toxins, causing personal and social dysfunction; identified by the abused substance, such as alcohol abuse, ampheta
schizophrenia
a disease of brain chemistry causing distorted cognitive and emotional perception of ones environment; symptoms include distortions of normal function, flat affect, apathy, and withdrawal from reality