Anorexia Nervosa – A Review of Neurobiology, Diagnosis and Management
Anorexia nervosa (AN) is a serious mental disorder that affects all ages and sexes, however; it is typically found in females (1:8 ratio) of which 95% have late adolescence or early adulthood onset. [Hudson et al. 2007]
Research shows that up to 25% of patients will develop an enduring form of AN and up to one third will continue to experience residual symptoms throughout adulthood.
Anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any mental health disorder, with an estimated all-cause standardised mortality ratio of 1.7 to 5.9. [Arcelus et al. 2011]
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