Well, the ANGI Team and I wanted to express a big THANK YOU to everyone who has been involved in our study thus far, whether it be through participating in the study or passing on the word. We could not do it without all of you! Now for an update on the numbers. As of the writing of this update, we have had 191 individuals agree to participate in ANGI and 55 people have completed their participation. This is an incredible start and we are way ahead of schedule for the numbers we projected over the 4-years of ANGI data collection. We are definitely on the fast track to becoming a valuable resource to help decode the genetics of AN! We are deeply grateful for your interest and participation. Please continue to browse our blog , website , and Facebook page for further updates on the status of ANGI!
Early diagnosis and treatment can improve the overall prognosis in an individual with anorexia. Despite most psychiatric medications having little effect on the symptoms that are specific to anorexia, the improvement in associated symptoms (for example, anxiety and depression ) can help anorexia sufferers engage more actively in treatment and otherwise have a powerful, positive effect on the improvement that individuals with anorexia show over time. With appropriate treatment, about half of those affected will make a full recovery. Some people experience a fluctuating pattern of periods of weight gain followed by relapses, while others experience a progressively deteriorating course of the illness over many years, and still others never fully recover. It is estimated that about 20% of people with anorexia remain chronically ill from the condition.
The outlook for people with anorexia is variable, with recovery often taking between 4 to 7 years. There is also a high chance of relapse even after recovery. Long-term studies show that 50 to 70% of people recover from anorexia nervosa. However, 25 never fully recover. Up to 20% die from complications of the disease. More people die from anorexia than from any other psychiatric disorder. Many, even after they are considered "cured," continue to show traits of anorexia, such as remaining very thin and striving for perfection. Anorexia is associated with high lifetime mortality from both natural and unnatural causes.