Acting Out: (Verbally-Physically-Behaviorally): Describes impulsive and anti-social behaviors intended to relieve anxiety or garner attention. A prominent feature of eating disorders, such behavior is often unconscious or semi-conscious in nature, destructive to self or others, and inhibits development of more constructive ways of outwardly expressing inner feelings and needs. Recent studies indicate there may be a neurobiological basis for this behavior, notably dysregulation of serotonin function, in patients with eating disorders.
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