Eating Disorders

Articles About 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.

Surprising as it may be, eating disorders are not the display of a lack of personal discipline, but rather the outward manifestation of a severe psychiatric disorder. Studies of twins, for example, have shown there are genetic factors. 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

Pica

Rumination Disorder

Avoidant or Restrictive Food Intake Disorder

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

Treatment

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, it 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 has been studied since before the beginning of this century. New studies are emerging to test and report ketamine’s effectiveness with these illnesses.

With that said, in private practice we’ve seen promising outcomes with IV ketamine treatment for eating disorders. While we might be treating the co-morbid depression, we note that the symptoms of an eating disorder also subside. Still, we have much to learn through research about what ketamine can and can’t do for these patients.

At the Conference for the APA 2019, researchers spoke who are currently investigating ketamine for these disorders.

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

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