Decreased Appetite

Decreased Appetite Symptoms & Signs

Medical Author:

Related
Symptoms & Signs

A decreased desire to eat is a symptom that is common to numerous medical and psychological conditions. Almost any illness can lead to a decrease in appetite. When severe, decreased appetite can lead to unwanted weight loss and malnutrition. Medically, a decrease in appetite is referred to as anorexia.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/6/2012

Health concern on your mind? Visit the Symptom Checker.

REFERENCE:

Fauci, Anthony S., et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine. 17th ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Professional, 2008.

Causes of Decreased Appetite
    • Alcoholism Alcoholism is a disease that includes alcohol craving and continued drinking despite repeated alcohol-related problems, such as...learn more »
      In This Article
      Alcoholism Article
      • Alcohol use disorder facts
      • What is alcohol abuse?
      • What is alcoholism?
      • What differentiates alcohol abuse from alcoholism?
      • What are risk factors for alcoholism?
      • What causes alcoholism? Is alcoholism hereditary?
      • What are alcohol use disorder symptoms and signs in teenagers, women, men, and the elderly?
      • How do physicians diagnose alcohol use disorder?
      • What are the stages of alcohol use disorder?
      • What is the treatment for alcohol use disorder?
      • What medications treat alcohol use disorder?
      • How can you tell if someone has a drinking problem?
      • Can an alcoholic just cut back or stop drinking?
      • Is there a safe level of drinking?
      • Is it safe to drink alcohol while pregnant?
      • How can someone find more information or get help or support to treat alcohol use disorder?
      • What are the long-term physical and psychological effects of alcohol use disorder?
      • What is codependency, and what is the treatment for codependency?
      • Is it possible to prevent alcohol use disorder?
      • What is the prognosis of alcohol use disorder?
    • Anorexia Anorexia is an eating disorder characterized by markedly reduced appetite or total aversion to food. Anorexia is a serious...learn more »
      In This Article
      Anorexia Article
      • Anorexia nervosa facts
      • What is anorexia nervosa?
      • Who is at risk for anorexia nervosa?
      • What causes anorexia nervosa?
      • How is anorexia nervosa diagnosed?
      • What are anorexia symptoms and signs (psychological and behavioral)?
      • What are anorexia symptoms, signs, and complications (physical)?
      • What is the treatment for anorexia nervosa?
      • What is the prognosis (outcome) of anorexia nervosa?
      • How can anorexia nervosa be prevented?
      • The future of anorexia nervosa
      • Where can a person get help for anorexia nervosa?
    • Anxiety Anxiety is a feeling of apprehension and fear characterized by symptoms such as trouble concentrating, headaches, sleep problems,...learn more »
      In This Article
      Anxiety Article
      • Generalized anxiety disorder facts
      • What is anxiety?
      • What are the types of anxiety disorders?
      • What are anxiety symptoms and signs?
      • What is generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)?
      • How common is generalized anxiety disorder?
      • Are other mental health diagnoses associated with generalized anxiety disorder?
      • What are causes and risk factors for generalized anxiety disorder?
      • How do health-care professionals diagnose generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)?
      • What types of specialists treat generalized anxiety disorder?
      • What is the treatment for anxiety?
      • What are the side effects of anxiety medications?
      • What are complications of generalized anxiety disorder?
      • Is it possible to prevent anxiety?
      • What is the prognosis of generalized anxiety disorder?
      • Are there support groups for those with generalized anxiety disorder?
      • Where can people find additional information on generalized anxiety disorder?
    • Bone Cancer Bone cancer is a rare type of cancer that occurs in cells that make up the bones. Primary bone cancer that arises in bone cells...learn more »
      In This Article
      Bone Cancer Article
      • What is bone cancer? What is metastatic bone cancer?
      • What are risk factors for bone cancer?
      • What causes bone cancer?
      • What are bone cancer symptoms and signs?
      • What are the different types of bone cancer?
      • What kinds of bone cancer occur in children?
      • What tests are used to diagnose bone cancer?
      • What is the treatment for bone cancer?
      • What specialists treat bone cancer?
      • Are there any treatments or medications that relieve bone cancer pain?
      • What is the prognosis for bone cancer? What is the five-year survival rate for bone cancer?
      • Is it possible to prevent bone cancer?
    • Cancer Cancer is a disease caused by an abnormal growth of cells, also called malignancy. It is a group of 100 different diseases, and...learn more »
      In This Article
      Cancer Article
      • Cancer facts
      • What is cancer?
      • What causes cancer?
      • What are cancer symptoms and signs?
      • What are the different types of cancer?
      • How is cancer diagnosed?
      • How is cancer staging determined?
      • What is the treatment for cancer?
      • Are there home remedies or alternative treatments for cancer?
      • What is the prognosis for cancer?
      • Can cancer be prevented?
      • Where can people find more information about cancer?
    • Cirrhosis (Liver) Cirrhosis of the liver refers to a disease in which normal liver cells are replaced by scar tissue caused by alcohol and viral...learn more »
    • Cocaine and Crack Abuse Cocaine is an addictive stimulant that is smoked, snorted, and injected. Crack is cocaine that comes in a rock crystal that is...learn more »
      In This Article
      Cocaine and Crack Abuse Article
      • Cocaine and crack abuse facts
      • What is cocaine? What is crack?
      • How is cocaine abused?
      • What are cocaine's effects on the body and the mind?
      • What causes and prevents cocaine abuse and addiction?
      • What are symptoms and signs of cocaine abuse and addiction?
      • How do health-care professionals diagnose cocaine addiction?
      • What is the treatment for cocaine and crack addiction?
      • What are symptoms and signs of cocaine withdrawal?
      • What are the long-term effects and the prognosis for cocaine and crack addiction?
      • Where can people find more information about cocaine and crack abuse?
    • Dementia Dementia is defined as a significant loss of intellectual abilities such as memory capacity, severe enough to interfere with...learn more »
      In This Article
      Dementia Article
      • Dementia facts
      • What is dementia?
      • What causes dementia?
      • How is dementia diagnosed?
      • What are the stages of dementia?
      • What are the early signs and symptoms of dementia?
      • What are the risk factors for dementia?
      • What is the treatment for dementia?
      • Can dementia be prevented?
      • What is the prognosis and life expectancy for someone with dementia?
      • What are the different types of dementia?
      • How does one cope with being the caretaker of someone with dementia?
    • Depression Depression is an illness that involves the body, mood, and thoughts and affects the way a person eats and sleeps, the way one...learn more »
      In This Article
      Depression Article
      • Depression facts
      • What is a depressive disorder?
      • What are myths about depression?
      • What are the types of depression, and what are depression symptoms and signs?
      • Depression symptoms and signs in men
      • Depression symptoms and signs in women
      • Depression symptoms and signs in teenagers
      • Depression symptoms and signs in children
      • What are the risk factors and causes of depression?
      • Postpartum depression
      • What tests do health-care professionals use to diagnose depression?
      • What treatments are available for depression?
      • What is the general approach to treating depression?
      • What about sexual dysfunction related to antidepressants?
      • What about discontinuing antidepressants?
      • What are complications of depression?
      • What is the prognosis for depression?
      • Is it possible to prevent depression?
      • What about self-help and home remedies for depression?
      • How can someone help a person who is depressed?
      • Where can one seek help for depression?
      • What is in the future for depression?
      • Where can people find more information about depression?
    • Depression in Children Childhood depression can interfere with social activities, interests, schoolwork and family life. Symptoms and signs include...learn more »
      In This Article
      Depression in Children Article
      • Depression in children facts
      • What is childhood depression?
      • What are the types of depression in children?
      • What are causes and risk factors for depression in children?
      • What are the symptoms and warning signs of depression in children?
      • How do health-care professionals diagnose depression in children? Who are specialists?
      • What should parents do if they suspect that their child is depressed?
      • What is the treatment for depression in children?
      • What are complications of depression in children?
      • What is the prognosis for depression in children?
      • Is it possible to prevent depression in children?
      • Where can families get information and support for childhood depression?
    • Depression in the Elderly Depression in the elderly is very common. That doesn't mean, though, it's normal. Treatment may involve antidepressants,...learn more »
      In This Article
      Depression in the Elderly Article
      • How does depression in the elderly differ from depression in younger adults?
      • How is insomnia related to depression in the elderly?
      • What are risk factors for depression in the elderly?
      • What types of treatment are available for depression in the elderly?
      • How do antidepressants relieve depression in the elderly?
      • Can psychotherapy help relieve depression in the elderly?
      • Who may benefit from electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)?
      • What other problems affect treatment of depression in the elderly?
    • Drug Abuse Drug addiction is a chronic disease that causes drug-seeking behavior and drug use despite negative consequences to the user and...learn more »
      In This Article
      Drug Abuse Article
      • Drug use disorder facts
      • What is drug use disorder?
      • What types of drugs are commonly abused?
      • What are the physical and psychological effects of drug use disorders?
      • What are causes and risk factors for developing a drug use disorder?
      • What are warning signs that you or a loved one may have a drug use disorder?
      • What are symptoms and signs of drug use disorder?
      • What happens to your brain when you take drugs?
      • How do health-care professionals diagnose drug addiction?
      • What is the treatment for drug addiction?
      • What are complications of drug addiction?
      • What is the prognosis of drug use disorder?
      • Is it possible to prevent drug abuse and addiction?
      • Where can people get more information and help for drug use disorders?
    • Dysthymia Dysthymia is a less severe form of chronic depression. Symptoms and signs include insomnia, suicidal thoughts, guilt, empty...learn more »
      In This Article
      Dysthymia Article
      • Persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia) facts
      • What is persistent depressive disorder (dysthymia)?
      • What are causes and risk factors for persistent depressive disorder?
      • What are persistent depressive disorder symptoms and signs?
      • How do health-care professionals diagnose persistent depressive disorder? What types of doctors treat persistent depressive disorder?
      • What is the treatment for persistent depressive disorder? Are there any home remedies for persistent depressive disorder?
      • What is the prognosis of persistent depressive disorder?
      • Is it possible to prevent persistent depressive disorder?
      • Are there support groups for people with persistent depressive disorder?
    • Early Pregnancy Symptoms Pregnancy symptoms can vary from woman to woman, and not all women experience the same symptoms. When women do experience...learn more »
      In This Article
      Early Pregnancy Symptoms Article
      • Pregnancy symptoms facts
      • Are pregnancy symptoms the same for every woman?
      • 13 signs and symptoms of early pregnancy
      • What are the later signs and symptoms of pregnancy?
      • What options help soothe and relieve pregnancy symptoms?
    • Gastroenteritis (Stomach Flu) Gastroenteritis (or stomach flu) is a term referred used to describe a variety of gastrointestinal problems. The most common...learn more »
      In This Article
      Gastroenteritis (Stomach Flu) Article
      • Definition of gastroenteritis
      • What causes gastroenteritis?
      • What are the most common causes of gastroenteritis?
      • What are the symptoms of gastroenteritis?
      • Is gastroenteritis contagious?
      • Who is at risk for gastroenteritis?
      • How is gastroenteritis transmitted?
      • How does food become contaminated with gastroenteritis-causing bacteria or viruses?
      • How is gastroenteritis diagnosed?
      • How is gastroenteritis treated?
      • When should I call my doctor for gastroenteritis?
      • What are complications of gastroenteritis?
      • Can gastroenteritis be prevented?
      • What is the prognosis for gastroenteritis?
    • GERD (Acid Reflux, Heartburn) GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) is a condition in which the acidified liquid contents of the stomach backs up into the...learn more »
      In This Article
      GERD (Acid Reflux, Heartburn) Article
      • GERD (acid reflux) facts
      • What is GERD or acid reflux?
      • What causes GERD (acid reflux)?
      • What are the symptoms of uncomplicated GERD?
      • What are the complications of GERD?
      • How is GERD or acid reflux diagnosed and evaluated?
      • Symptoms and procedures to diagnose GERD
      • GERD (acid reflux) tests
      • How is GERD (acid reflux) treated?
      • Lifestyle changes and GERD (acid reflux) diet
      • GERD (acid reflux) medications
      • GERD surgery
      • What is a reasonable approach to the management of GERD (acid reflux)?
      • What are the unresolved issues in GERD (acid reflux)?
    • Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease Hand, foot, and mouth syndrome is clinical pattern consisting of a rash on the hands and feet, and in the mouth. Hand, foot, and...learn more »
      In This Article
      Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease Article
      • Hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) facts
      • What is hand, foot, and mouth (HFMD) disease?
      • What causes hand, foot, and mouth disease?
      • What are the risk factors for hand, foot and mouth disease?
      • Is hand, foot, and mouth disease contagious? How does HFMD spread?
      • How long is hand, foot, and mouth disease contagious?
      • Can adults get hand, foot, and mouth disease?
      • What are the symptoms and signs of hand, foot, and mouth disease?
      • What is the incubation period for hand, foot, and mouth disease?
      • When does hand, foot, and mouth disease usually occur?
      • What is the course of hand, foot, and mouth disease?
      • Why haven't we heard more about hand, foot, and mouth disease?
      • How do doctors diagnose hand, foot, and mouth disease?
      • What is the treatment for hand, foot, and mouth disease?
      • What are complications of hand, foot, and mouth disease?
      • How does hand, foot, and mouth disease affect pregnancy and the baby?
      • When can children with hand, foot, and mouth disease return to school?
      • What is the prognosis of hand, foot, and mouth disease?
      • Is it possible to prevent hand, foot, and mouth disease?
    • Hepatitis (Viral Hepatitis, A, B, C, D, E, G) Hepatitis is most often viral, due to infection with one of the hepatitis viruses (A, B, C, D, E, F (not confirmed), and G) or...learn more »
      In This Article
      Hepatitis (Viral Hepatitis, A, B, C, D, E, G) Article
      • Viral hepatitis facts
      • Viral hepatitis definition and overview
      • What are the common types of viral hepatitis?
      • Who is at risk for viral hepatitis?
      • What are the symptoms and signs of viral hepatitis?
      • What is acute fulminant hepatitis?
      • What is chronic viral hepatitis?
      • How is viral hepatitis diagnosed?
      • What is the treatment for viral hepatitis?
      • How is viral hepatitis prevented?
      • Hepatitis Vaccinations
      • What is the prognosis of viral hepatitis?
    • Hepatitis B (HBV, Hep B) The hepatitis B virus (HBV, hep B) is a unique, coated DNA virus belonging to the Hepadnaviridae family of viruses. The course of...learn more »
      In This Article
      Hepatitis B (HBV, Hep B) Article
      • Hepatitis B facts
      • What is hepatitis?
      • How is the hepatitis B virus spread (transmitted)?
      • What are the symptoms of acute hepatitis B?
      • What are the symptoms of chronic hepatitis B?
      • How is hepatitis B diagnosed?
      • What is the role of a liver biopsy in chronic hepatitis B?
      • What is the natural course of chronic hepatitis B?
      • What medications are used to treat hepatitis B?
      • What are the effects of alcohol on hepatitis B?
      • What are the effects of immunosuppressive medications on hepatitis B?
      • What is delta hepatitis?
      • What about co-infection with hepatitis B virus and hepatitis C virus?
      • What happens in co-infection with hepatitis B virus and HIV?
      • What is the role of liver transplantation in hepatitis B?
      • What can be done to prevent hepatitis B?
      • What is new in the treatment of hepatitis B?
    • Hepatitis C (HCV, Hep C) Hepatitis C is an inflammation of the liver due to the hepatitis C virus (HCV), which is usually spread by blood transfusion,...learn more »
      In This Article
      Hepatitis C (HCV, Hep C) Article
      • Hepatitis C infection (HCV) facts
      • What is hepatitis C infection, and how many people are infected?
      • What is the hepatitis C virus?
      • What are the symptoms of hepatitis C infection?
      • What is the contagious period for hepatitis C?
      • What is the incubation period for hepatitis C?
      • How long does it take for symptoms to appear after contracting hepatitis C?
      • How is hepatitis C spread?
      • Can hepatitis C infection affect other organs besides the liver?
      • Who is at high risk and should be tested for hepatitis C infection?
      • What type of doctor treats hepatitis C?
      • How is hepatitis C diagnosed?
      • Liver biopsy and non-invasive tests for hepatitis C
      • What medications cure hepatitis C infection?
      • What are the treatment guidelines for hepatitis C?
      • What is the treatment for people with acute hepatitis C infection?
      • What are the side effects of treatments for hepatitis C infection?
      • What about liver transplantation for a person with hepatitis C?
      • How is monitoring done after treatment for hepatitis C?
      • What home remedies are available for hepatitis C?
      • What are the complications of undiagnosed hepatitis C?
      • Can hepatitis C be prevented?
      • What is the prognosis of hepatitis C?
      • What is the current research and what is in the future for hepatitis C?
    • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) causes HIV infection and the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). Symptoms and signs...learn more »
      In This Article
      Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Article
      • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) facts
      • What is the history of HIV, and when was HIV discovered?
      • What tests are used in the diagnosis of HIV?
      • How is HIV spread (transmitted)?
      • What are symptoms and signs of HIV infection and AIDS in men, women, and children?
      • What happens after an exposure to the blood or genital secretions of an HIV-infected person?
      • What laboratory tests are used to monitor HIV-infected people?
      • What are HIV treatments and medications? What are the key principles in managing HIV infection?
      • When should antiviral therapy be started?
      • What is the initial therapy for HIV?
      • What are nucleoside and nucleotide analogue reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs)?
      • What are nonnucleoside analogue reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NNRTIs)?
      • What are protease inhibitors?
      • What are fusion inhibitors?
      • What is a CCR5 antagonist?
      • What is an integrase strand transfer inhibitor?
      • What HIV drugs are in development?
      • What are side effects of HIV therapy?
      • What happens if the patient's viral load increases while on HIV therapy?
      • What are the risks of missing doses or stopping antiviral therapy?
      • Should patients with the flu- or mono-like illness of primary HIV infection be treated?
      • What about treatment for HIV during pregnancy?
      • What can be done for people who have severe immunosuppression?
      • What is the future for HIV-infected individuals with regards to treatment simplification and cure research?
      • What is in the future for preventing HIV transmission?
    • Is Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (HFMD) Contagious? Hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) is a highly contagious disease caused by several enteroviruses. These viruses are...learn more »
      In This Article
      Is Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (HFMD) Contagious? Article
      • What is hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD)?
      • Is hand, foot, and mouth disease contagious?
      • What is the incubation period for hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD)?
      • How long is hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) contagious?
      • How do I know someone has hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD)?
      • How is hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) transmitted?
      • How will I know someone is cured of hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD)?
      • When should I contact medical caregiver about hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD)?
    • Is Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Contagious? Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a contagious viral infection that causes symptoms such as decreased appetite, runny nose,...learn more »
      In This Article
      Is Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Contagious? Article
      • Is respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) contagious?
      • What is the incubation period for a respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection?
      • What is the contagious period for RSV?
      • How is respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) transmitted?
      • When should I seek medical care for anyone with RSV infection?
    • Is Roseola Contagious? Roseola is a common viral infection among children 6-24 months of age. Symptoms and signs include a high fever and a rash all...learn more »
      In This Article
      Is Roseola Contagious? Article
      • What is roseola?
      • Is roseola contagious? What is the incubation period for roseola?
      • How will I know if someone or my child has roseola?
      • How is roseola transmitted?
      • When will I know that someone or my child is cured of roseola?
      • When should I contact a medical caregiver about roseola?
    • Kidney Failure Kidney failure can occur from an acute event or a chronic condition or disease. Prerenal kidney failure is caused by blood loss,...learn more »
    • Mumps Mumps is an acute viral illness caused by the mumps virus. Symptoms of mumps include fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness,...learn more »
    • Nicotine Nicotine is delivered to the brain through smoking, chewing, or sniffing tobacco. Nicotine is an addictive agent. Common names...learn more »
      In This Article
      Nicotine Article
      • What is tobacco addiction?
      • Is nicotine addictive?
      • Is nicotine the only harmful part of tobacco?
      • How is tobacco used?
      • What are the common street names for cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, and hookah smoking?
      • How many teens smoke or use tobacco products?
      • How does tobacco deliver its effects?
      • What happens when someone uses tobacco for long periods of time?
      • What are other adverse health effects of smoking and tobacco abuse?
      • Smoking and pregnancy: What are the risks?
      • How is tobacco addiction treated?
      • What if a person wants to quit smoking or using tobacco?
    • Peptic Ulcer A peptic ulcer is an ulcer in the lining of the stomach, duodenum, or esophagus. Ulcer formation is related to Helicobacter...learn more »
      In This Article
      Peptic Ulcer Article
      • Peptic ulcer facts
      • What is a peptic ulcer?
      • What causes peptic ulcers?
      • What are the symptoms of peptic ulcer?
      • How are peptic ulcers diagnosed?
      • What is the treatment for peptic ulcers?
      • What are the complications of peptic ulcer?
      • Peptic ulcer summary
    • Pityriasis Rosea Pityriasis rosea is a rash that begins with a large pink patch with well-defined scaly borders on the back, chest, or neck. In...learn more »
      In This Article
      Pityriasis Rosea Article
      • Pityriasis rosea facts
      • What is pityriasis rosea?
      • Who gets pityriasis rosea?
      • What causes pityriasis rosea?
      • What are pityriasis rosea symptoms and signs?
      • How is pityriasis rosea diagnosed?
      • What are some common misdiagnoses of pityriasis rosea?
      • What is the treatment for pityriasis rosea?
      • What home remedies can I use for pityriasis rosea?
      • Is pityriasis rosea dangerous during pregnancy?
      • Can pityriasis rosea be prevented?
      • What is the prognosis for pityriasis rosea?
      • Where can I find more information and facts about pityriasis rosea?
    • Pregnancy (Week By Week, Trimesters) There are many symptoms involved in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd trimesters of pregnancy. The first early pregnancy symptom is typically...learn more »
      In This Article
      Pregnancy (Week By Week, Trimesters) Article
      • Pregnancy facts*
      • Introduction
      • What is the first trimester (week 1-week 12)?
      • What is the second trimester (week 13-week 28)?
      • What is the third trimester (week 29-week 40)?
      • How will my baby develop week by week?
      • What are the changes that happen to a woman's body during the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd trimester of her pregnancy?
      • Body aches
      • Breast changes
      • Constipation
      • Dizziness
      • Fatigue, sleep problems
      • Heartburn and indigestion
      • Hemorrhoids during pregnancy
      • Itching
      • Leg cramps
      • Morning sickness
      • Nasal problems
      • Numb or tingling hands
      • Stretch marks, skin changes
      • Swelling
      • Urinary frequency and leaking
      • Varicose veins
    • Still's Disease Still's disease (systemic-onset juvenile rheumatoid arthritis) is a disorder characterized by inflammation with high fever...learn more »
      In This Article
      Still's Disease Article
      • Still's disease facts
      • What is Still's disease?
      • What causes Still's disease?
      • What are risk factors for Still's disease?
      • How does Still's disease relate to juvenile idiopathic arthritis?
      • What are Still's disease symptoms and signs?
      • How do health-care professionals diagnose Still's disease?
      • What is the frequency of Still's disease and its features?
      • What is the treatment for Still's disease?
      • Is it possible to prevent Still's disease?
      • What types of specialists treat Still's disease?
      • What Still's disease research is being done?
      • What is the prognosis of Still's disease?
    • Stress Stress occurs when forces from the outside world impinge on the individual. Stress is a normal part of life. However,...learn more »
      In This Article
      Stress Article
      • Stress facts
      • What is stress?
      • A brief history of stress
      • What are the signs and symptoms of poorly managed stress?
      • Who is most vulnerable to stress? What are the risk factors for stress?
      • Teen stress
      • What is the healthy response to stress?
      • How does the response to stress work?
      • What is the role of the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis (grouping) in stress?
      • What is the role of the locus coeruleus in stress?
      • How do the connections in the brain work in stress?
      • What do we know about using (activating) and overusing our internal systems that respond to stress?
      • What are the effects of stress on medical and psychological conditions?
      • Conclusions about the effects of stress
      • What can people do for stress management? What are home remedies to combat stress symptoms?
      • What's in the future for stress?
    • Stroke A stroke is an interruption of the blood supply to part of the brain caused by either a blood clot (ischemic) or bleeding...learn more »
      In This Article
      Stroke Article
      • Stroke facts
      • What is a stroke?
      • What are the different types of stroke?
      • What causes a stroke?
      • What are the risk factors for stroke?
      • What is a transient ischemic attack (TIA)?
      • What are the warning signs of a stroke?
      • What are the symptoms of a stroke?
      • How is a stroke diagnosed?
      • What is the treatment for stroke?
      • What is the prognosis for stroke?
      • Is recovery after a stroke possible?
      • What is stroke rehabilitation?
      • Can strokes be prevented?
    • Teen Depression Depression in teenagers may be caused by many factors. Symptoms of teen depression include apathy, irresponsible behavior,...learn more »
      In This Article
      Teen Depression Article
      • Teen depression facts
      • What is teen depression?
      • What are causes and risk factors for depression in teenagers?
      • What are teen depression symptoms and signs?
      • What are warning signs for teen suicide?
      • How is depression in teens diagnosed?
      • What is the treatment for teen depression?
      • What are complications of teen depression?
      • What is the prognosis of teen depression?
      • Is it possible to prevent teen depression?
      • What can family members and friends do to help a depressed teen?
      • Where can teens get support for depression?
    • Tuberculosis (TB) Mycobacterium tuberculosis is the bacterium that causes tuberculosis (TB). Symptoms and signs of TB include bloody sputum, fever,...learn more »
      In This Article
      Tuberculosis (TB) Article
      • Tuberculosis (TB) facts
      • What is tuberculosis?
      • Are there different types of tuberculosis (TB)?
      • What causes tuberculosis?
      • What are risk factors for tuberculosis?
      • What are tuberculosis symptoms and signs?
      • Is TB contagious, and how long is the incubation period and contagious period?
      • How do physicians diagnose tuberculosis?
      • What is the treatment for tuberculosis?
      • What types of doctors treat TB?
      • What are complications of tuberculosis?
      • What is the prognosis of tuberculosis?
      • How can people prevent tuberculosis?
    • Typhoid Fever Typhoid fever is an illness caused by the Salmonella typhi bacteria. The illness is contracted by ingesting the bacteria in...learn more »
      In This Article
      Typhoid Fever Article
      • Typhoid fever facts
      • What is typhoid fever? What is the history of typhoid fever?
      • How do patients get typhoid fever?
      • How do the bacteria cause disease, and how is it diagnosed?
      • What are the symptoms of typhoid fever?
      • What is the treatment for typhoid fever, and what is the prognosis?
      • Can typhoid fever be prevented?
Other Causes of Decreased Appetite
  • Bacterial Infections
  • Chronic Inflammatory Diseases
  • Chronic Liver Disease
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Hormone Disorders
  • Liver Failure
  • Medications
  • Parasitic Infection
  • Toxins/Poisoning
  • Tumors
  • Viral Infections


Symptoms & Signs A-Z List