Body image confusion running amuck? A seemingly “perfectionist” orientation to the smallest details? When does this apparent detail-and-goal orientation by your child “cross the danger line” into obsessive compulsive behavior and accompanying teen eating disorder?
Eating disorders, and their deeper complex of potential causes, constitute the greatest mortality risk of our present crop of diagnosed and labeled psychiatric illnesses. An eating disorder in teen family members is utterly serious, and potentially life-threatening unless parents can orchestrate an intervention combining counseling therapy and some mix of anxiety medicine or anxiety herb remedies.
What Parents Need To Watch For – Early Sign Of Teen Anorexia. Anxiety depression symptoms evolve subtly, and combined with children’s natural penchant for “secretiveness”, are virtually impossible to initially detect.
* Physical Signs. However, what you look for in your child are physical signs such as below-average weight for her age group and body size.
* Eating Habits. Your son or daughter may have a history of battling you over meals and food types. However, when their growing perfectionist and thin-body obsession is applied to foods, you’ll hardly know what to do. Suddenly, all sorts of foods are “banned” by your child as she focuses narrowly on new-found foods that are “better for me”. Parents, go at you own peril because you’re at the outset of a rapidly expanding food phobia, and an underlying swirl of mental confusion, anxiety, fear, low self esteem and more.
* Speaking Patterns – Black And White Reality Markers. A hallmark mental sign of teen eating disorder is the growing demarcation applied to many ideas, where your child is cut-and-dried in her judgments. Increasingly strong convictions and a deterministic attitude allow her to judge everything in good-versus-bad terms. She’ll also obsess about having “the wrong body shape”…” I’m getting fat” even while she’s below weight.
* Medical Risk Issues And Symptoms Of Teen Anorexia. Look for an increase in headaches, reduction or absence of regular monthly menstruation, cold insensitivity, bowel irregularity and constipation, dizziness and overall fatigue. She’s wasting away, and can’t stop herself.
Teen Anorexia – Cause Of Teen Depression. Self esteem and body image reflect leading edge aspects of the mind-body duality that can easily bump off the rails in the teen years leading to many forms of anxiety depression behavior. No surprise that young kids would be vulnerable to feelings of inadequacy, doubts, plus succumb to pressure from peers as to how they should look and act and whether they’re attractive enough. Throw in the cascade of puberty hormones, perceived pressure to perform at school, uncertainty about future goals and adult life and you have an explosive mix.
Intervention Strategies For Parents To Know About. You need to act smart, and carefully in order to put a brake on a dangerous teen eating disorder. In most eating disorder cases including teen anorexia family dynamics and “family history” point to the need for 3rd party outside professional guidance, along with some form of chemistry intervention.
* Natural Anxiety Herb Remedies – Negligible Side Effects. Mood-altering synapse-disrupting chemicals are strong stuff and should be administered to teens with a light hand, on a fully qualified basis. For hundreds of years, and even supported by modern clinical research, herbs such as St. John’s Wort have been shown to be as effective in triggering positive mood shift as well known brand drugs such as Valium…however without any side effects. Other anxiety herb remedies include rhodiola, ginseng and south pacific kava.
Other supporting nutrients that trigger the brain’s secretion of serotonin and its mellowing “feel good” properties include zinc, selenium and members of the B vitamin complex including B6 and B12, along with Vitamins D and C.
* Anxiety Disorder Medications. Millions of Americans ingest stimulants, amphetamines, mild tranquilizers, so-called anti depressants, even anti convulsants in order to address the potentially underlying causes of teen eating disorder and the associated phobias, obsessive compulsive behavior, and fears and anxiety. Parents beware that many of these same palliatives pose risks to your teen: addiction, withdrawal difficulties, confusion, rebound anxiety panic attacks, physical discomfort including muscle cramping, blurred vision, diarrhea, and more.