Anorexia

Articles About Anorexia and Other Eating Disorders by Dr. Lori Calabrese | The Ketamine Blog

These articles about eating disorders are provided to improve public perception of these disorders and to dispel stigma about mental health issues. In addition, information about symptoms and treatment strive to help pave the path to a happier, more rewarding life.

Eating disorders are not the display of “just perfectionism” or a lack of personal discipline. Studies of twins, for example, have shown there are genetic factors influencing the development of some eating disorders. Furthermore, studies have also demonstrated social and cultural influences, along with psychological, and other biological factors that play a role in eating disorders.

These are profoundly complex disorders with intertwined causes. and the treatment can be, too.

Types of Eating Disorders:

The various types of eating disorders manifest with a variety of symptoms, but most have some things in common. For instance, most involve a harsh restriction of food intake, inappropriate binge eating and expulsion through vomiting as well as overly rigorous exercise. But not all. Pica, specifically, involves eating non-food items.

Anorexia Nervosa

Bulimia Nervosa

Binge Eating Disorder

Rumination Disorder

Avoidant or Restrictive Food Intake Disorder

Rumination Disorder

Pica

And there are a few others, such as purging disorder, night eating syndrome, and eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS).

Treatment

Eating disorders treatment is complicated, as I mentioned. This disorder ravages the mind and the body of the sufferer. Treatment involves a complex and thorough process of nutritional counseling and psychotherapy. In addition, because of the physical and metabolic  breakdown that you suffer, treatment requires medical monitoring, and close psychiatric monitoring and evaluation.

Sometimes in-patient recovery centers are required to help make the necessary changes in the way you see food…and the way you see yourself.

Ketamine treatment for eating disorders was first studied before the beginning of this century. And new studies are emerging to test and report ketamine’s effectiveness with these illnesses.

With that said, in our practice we’ve seen promising outcomes with IV ketamine treatment with anorexia, and in the symptoms of depression, anxiety and PTSD that we sometimes find in our patients with anorexia.  We have been exploring a novel, sequenced treatment protocol for anorexia using a modified ketogenic diet followed by a series of ketamine infusions and published a case report about the first patient we treated with this protocol, whose anorexia went into complete and sustained remission. Still, we have much to learn through research about what ketamine can do in anorexia and other eating disorders.

As you read these articles about eating disorders, know that research is currently ongoing to find solutions for these disorders.

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