November 11, 2014

4:13 PM | Anorexia Nervosa: Brain Connectivity Abnormalities
Functional magnetic resonance imaging is providing a new tool for understanding brain circuitry in normal brain development and in brain disorders. Anorexia nervosa is an restrictive calorie eating disorder often resistant to treatment.No effective drug treatment for anorexia nervosa currently exists and psychotherapy is often only partially effective. A better understanding of the brain pathophysiology in anorexia nervosa is needed to aid in treatment development.Stephanie Kullman along […]

November 10, 2014

3:05 PM | Eating Disorders Linked to Higher Autoimmune Disease Rates
There is increasing evidence for inflammation contributing to risk for a variety of psychiatric disorders.I previously summarized research supporting use of anti-inflammatory drugs in the treatment of depression.A recent study from Finland supports an inflammation link to the eating disorder categories.The key elements of the design of this study included:Subjects: 2342 subjects admitted for treatment in the Eating Disorders Unit at the central hospital in Finland. Four controls were identified […]

November 05, 2014

5:19 PM | Anorexia Nervosa as a Disorder of Perception
A key feature in anorexia nervosa is the disturbance in perception of the body.This perceptual disturbance is encapsulated in criteria 3 from DSM-5: "Disturbance in the way in which one's body weight or shape is experienced, undue influence of body weight or shape evaluation, or denial of the seriousness of the current low weight" Santino Guadio from Italy and colleagues recently published a nice summary of the support for body image disturbance in anorexia nervosa. This study focused […]

November 04, 2014

3:52 PM | Anorexia Nervosa: Fasting and Starvation Brain Effects
Brain research in anorexia nervosa presents several challenges.Current knowledge of cognitive function in anorexia supports impairment in set shifting and global brain processing or central coherence.However, there are two issues that complicate understanding the underlying brain effects in anorexia nervosa.First, individuals with anorexia nervosa often have additional anxiety and mood disorders. It can be difficult to tease out the specific effects of anorexia nervosa from the effects of these […]

Pender, S., Gilbert, S. & Serpell, L. (2014). The Neuropsychology of Starvation: Set-Shifting and Central Coherence in a Fasted Nonclinical Sample, PLoS ONE, 9 (10) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0110743

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November 03, 2014

5:26 PM | Anorexia Nervosa Research Links
In November I will be looking at some research research in eating disorders.On my first look at some of important research these five studies stood out for more review.I will be posting more on several of these studies in the next few weeks.You can click on the manuscript title to go to the abstract.  All studies have free full-text manuscripts that can be access through the abstract link.The Neuropsychology of StarvationOne of the key problems in studying anorexia nervosa is the isolation […]

November 01, 2014

10:30 AM | Psychology Around the Net: November 1, 2014
Happy November, readers! This week’s Psychology Around the Net covers smartphone technology for anxiety issues, dealing with unhappiness in the workplace, recovery from anorexia, and more. 5 Apps to Help You Cope With Anxiety: Guided meditations, soothing sounds for sleep, anti-stress quotes, and more. How to Tell Your Boss You’re Not Happy at Work: Check […]

October 31, 2014

10:35 PM | Recovery is the Voice that Tells Your Future
It’s 6:30 a.m. in Germany, and I am underwater, pulling my body through the cool water’s drag. I’ve ridden my bike to the swimming pool (das schwimmbad), and have lost my location amid the winding streets. I only know that I must exercise. That is enough to pull me from sleep at dawn and push […]

October 30, 2014

2:00 PM | Your Body is Worth Getting to Know
I was in my late 20′s, and well into my struggles with anorexia and bulimia, before I began to perceive a tangible difference between “my body” and “me.” After so many years of casually speaking about “my body,” “my mind,” “my heart,” “my spirit,” I finally started to wonder just who the “my” was who […]
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