semistarvation neurosis

semistarvation neurosis

Psychiatry A pre-anorexia nervosa affecting ♀ who, as children were described as 'good girls' Profile Perfectionist tendencies, effects of long-term caloric restriction–eg, fatigue, weakness, apathy, passivity, withdrawal, physical regression. See Anorexia nervosa, Binge-purge syndrome. Cf Starvation.
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