Date: 2017-08-04 05:25 am (UTC)
kore: (Prozac nation)
From: [personal profile] kore
Anorexia may also (sometimes) be a form or manifestation of OCD.

Mmmm no. Hornbacher talks about this -- she didn't have OCD when the anorexia was treated, but when she did, she sure as hell seemed to, what with the obsessing over steps in exercise and counting calories and so on. But that typically lessens as the person gets less dependent on stuff like weighing every scrap of food and figuring out if gum burns calories. What you're saying is kind of dangerous because people who actually have OCD can get misdiagnosed and mistreated for other conditions, and the OCD goes untreated. OCD can share symptoms with eating disorders, and disordered eating can be a symptom of OCD, but anorexia does not "manifest" as OCD. OCD can be comorbid with eating disorders, but people with eating disorders are, as mentioned elsewhere, a lot more concerned with gaining control over and reshaping their bodies. But there's a difference between disordered eating being a consequence of OCD, or disordered eating being a precursor to OCD-like behaviour. Ritualism and rigid behaviours are common to both but just because there are similar symptoms doesn't mean it's the same thing.
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