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Is anorexia the female Asperger’s?

Is anorexia the female Asperger’s? : “Problems may show up in a variety of forms: for example, cognitive inflexibility – an overrigid approach to problem-solving; and response inflexibility – excessively stereotyped behaviour.”

There is a lot of detailed information in this article. Anorexics have been watched closely and the research findings are more than interesting. I have tried to think about the anorexics I have known and know and this mind set shifting is a really good insight. Rigidity of thinking could be genetic or it could be insisted upon by the primary carer. In any case, this article gives some useful information about what you might look for and then, what you might work on. Information like this is invaluable because anorexia is very tricky stuff indeed. It’s not a flirtation with not eating. it is a serious way of life and it is devastating to watch and very difficult to counter. Observations such as the ones here give me hope, because until now it all seems a bit too vague and that is no one’s fault. Anorexia is really difficult to manage and treat. I hope we can build on this information because a lot of boys are suffering from it as well and that may well tie in with the current male body image emphasis. I should like to think we could beat it. Careful research and observation are obviously the way to go.



Retired Adelaide based professional. Lived here most of my life. I have been a teacher of French, English and German since 1974 and value the capacity of the classroom, wherever that might be, to write on the lives of others.

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