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Anorexia nervosa and autism spectrum disorder: A different perspective


Shamon Gumbs

This article is aimed to facilitate further discussion on the topic and hopefully lead to the development of more effective treatment options for Anorexia Nervosa. There has been increased interest in the associations between Anorexia Nervosa (AN) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) due to overlapping symptoms. On the surface, AN and ASD have always seemed as completely unrelated disorders. The oversensitive, underweight individual who is intensely worried and preoccupied with the number of calories consumed in order to attain the ‘ideal body figure’. The individual with unusually focused interests, repetitive movements, and difficulty with social interactions. Individuals must be able to look pass already established definitions and misconceptions to observe the number of similarities associated with both disorders and explore different treatment strategies. After all, medical practice is constantly changing and evolving in response to new information and new technologies.

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