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I only have access to the DSM II and IV to check, but neither mention anything related to it, either veg* or orthorexia. They both make use of the term "vegetative state" but that is the closest result.


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This is clearly hard to answer, as it is very broad, but there are relevant sources on the matter. Intelligence - vegetarians may be more intelligent than average - according to this study that examined the relation between IQ in childhood and vegetarianism in adulthood: Higher scores for IQ in childhood are associated with an increased likelihood of ...


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there is a saying in India which says "iron cuts the iron". Similarly, good food can replace good food. By cooking good veg dishes , you can make room for veg food on the dinner table. You don't even have to cook, you can order from nearby Indian or italian restaurants as they usually have variety of veg options. There are umpteen recipes for veg dishes. ...


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Find a means to distract yourself. For example you could: Listen to music. Write something (a story, a shopping list etc). Read something (a book, an article, some stackexchange questions). Do some calculations (manage your finances, recite your times tables, take up maths as an actual hobby). File your taxes? (Normally this would be terrible, but as ...


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Those statistics may be misleading. Some people only practice vegetarianism for particular times such as fasting for religious reasons or financial reasons. Many of my non-vegetarian family members didn't eat meat while flatting at university to simply save money. Other people stop being vegetarian once they leave their parents home or travel abroad, ...


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Having had the same thing I think it can be handled by feeling relieved that it didn't really happen. If you think about it, your mind wanders around thinking about hypothetical situations both good and bad while you are awake, it stands to reason that your subconscious mind doesn't necessarily have all the answers either, I don't think you should treat ...


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You are suffering from meat "blue balls". Your brain is used to that and is taking some time to adapt. Relax about it, stay in shape, and check with your doctor that everything is otherwise all right with some quick blood work. The more you feel comfortable about being vegan, the more the fact will "sink in".


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Faunalytics collected data on current and former vegetarians in May 2014 and released a number of reports with findings on the data. The process of moving away from a vegetarian or vegan diet is multifaceted and complex, and the same appears to be true for anticipating a return to one of these diets. Former vegetarians/vegans were asked to give the ...


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Yes, slaughterhouse workers suffer psychologically and become more violent. The book Slaughterhouse (Gail A. Eisnitz, 1997) shares many anecdotes quoted directly from workers on slaughterhouse kill lines. Here's a quote from Tommy Vladak, a sticker for nine years at Morrell slaughterhouse plant in Sioux City. "You're just putting in your time. And then ...


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I'm going to make what I suspect will be a slightly controversial suggestion. Perhaps you could use some islamic scriptures to convince them that vegetarianism is not un-islamic (I am assuming this is a factor). A brief search on the internet lead me to a fatwa by Hamza Yusuf stating: Meat is not a necessity in Shari’ah, and in the old days most Muslims ...


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I think it may also help if you could develop a theory about the meat yourself. Currently, these feelings that you have are most likely mental-only, that is, it's probably not that you have an allergy etc. caused by the substance in meat. So, a good way to solve this problem is to give your mind a new and healthy way to think about meat. As a result, the ...


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Accept that the instinct telling you "processed, badly preserved products made out of factory farmed animals are disgusting, how can one eat that" is telling you the truth :) And also accept that what you are eating right now has naught to do with it. And look forward to the situation not only getting better but probably swinging to the positive. This ...


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Generally speaking, it is very hard to make connections between nutrition as a single factor and behavior (source): One of the more difficult problems in research on diet and behavior is how to separate nutritional from non-nutritional factors. Because food is so intimately involved with other aspects of our daily lives, it contains much more than its ...


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Given that (national councils of) dietitians condone vegetarianism as a healthy option I don't see how a psychiatrist could consider it pathological. I think there are eating disorders, and social disorders, but doubt that vegetarianism can be identified as a symptom of these. DSM entries that I'm familiar with (e.g. schizophrenia) tend to be of the form, "...


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