Mental Health Causes:

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Anorexia Nervosa Causes:

  • Puberty - combination of hormone changes and stress, anxiety and low self esteem.
  • Pressures and stress at school - such as exams or bullying.
  • Occupations or hobbies where being seen as thin is ideal - such as dancing or athletics.
  • Stressful life event - such as losing a job or breakdown of relationship.
  • Physical or sexual abuse.
  • Imbalance of certain chemicals controlling hunger, appetite and digestion in the brain.
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Bulimia Nervosa Causes:

  • low self esteem - see losing weight as a way of gaining self worth
  • depression - binge to cope with unhappiness
  • stress - dealing with traumatic experience i.e. death or divorce, during life changing events i.e. geting married or leaving home
  • imbalance of certain chemicals controlling hunger, appetite and digestion in the brain
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Schizophrenia Causes:

  • Runs in family - different combinations of genes make people more vulnerable to condition
  • Subtle differences in structure of brain - may partly be a disorder of the brain
  • May have experienced labour complications before and during birth - low birth weight, premature labour or lack of oxygen - may have a subtle effect on the brain
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