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March 25, 2015

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9:16 PM | Pride Before a Fall: The Intertwining of Pride and Shame in Eating Disorders
Is there a link between eating disorders and shame? What about pride? Can understanding these emotions help us to understand how eating disorders develop, and how they are maintained? In reviewing literature for my specialization paper, I stumbled upon a qualitative study by Skarderud (2007) about the role of shame in eating disorders. I found the article quite interesting, so I fired up the “where was this cited” tool on my university library database and uncovered a wealth of […]
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2:37 PM | Parental Education As Risk Factor For Eating Disorders
Genetic and environmental risk factors contribute to the risk for anorexia nervosa and other eating disorders.Known risk factors for anorexia nervosa include female gender, young age, family member with anorexia nervosa, weight loss, and participation in weight sensitive sports or activities, i.e. gymnastics, dancing.There has also been evidence that anorexia nervosa is more common in higher socioeconomic classes. This finding has made it one of the few brain disorders more common with this […]
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7:30 AM | Medication versus placebo for anorexia nervosa: antidepressants, antipsychotics and hormonal therapy
In her debut blog, Nicola Coop summarises a recent meta-analysis looking at the use of antidepressants, antipsychotics and hormonal therapy for people with anorexia nervosa. The post Medication versus placebo for anorexia nervosa: antidepressants, antipsychotics and hormonal therapy appeared first on The Mental Elf.

March 23, 2015

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7:02 PM | The neurological basis for anorexia nervosa
Most of us know about dieting, and if not first hand, have seen in the news or from friends how hard sticking to a diet long-term can be. This is because adults (regardless of their weight_ resolve to lose weight. Yet, more often than not, that chocolate lava cake is too enticing and that resolve vanishes. This behavior […]

Wierenga, C., Bischoff-Grethe, A., Melrose, A., Irvine, Z., Torres, L., Bailer, U., Simmons, A., Fudge, J., McClure, S., Ely, A. & Kaye, W. (2015). Hunger Does Not Motivate Reward in Women Remitted from Anorexia Nervosa, Biological Psychiatry, 77 (7) 642-652. DOI: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2014.09.024

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March 16, 2015

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2:37 PM | Teacher, Learn Thyself: Critical Issues in School-Based Eating Disorder Prevention
Prevention programs for eating disorders abound, though many people I’ve talked to (mostly on Twitter, because that’s where I have a lot of discussions of this type) have expressed the sentiment that limited resources might be better spent on early intervention or treatment in general. Still, it isn’t hard to understand why we still optimistically aim for eating disorder prevention; of course we would rather stop eating disorders in their tracks, before they wreak havoc on the […]

March 15, 2015

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3:10 PM | Secret Mia
I have been a binge eater for as long as I can remember, but I can remember specifically when it evolved into bulimia. I was 17 years old and almost 200 pounds. I hated to throw up so I did research to find a way around it and this is how I discovered laxatives. I still […]

March 11, 2015

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4:01 PM | Michelle Duggar Opens Up About Struggle With Bulimia
Michelle Duggar is usually busy talking about her expansive family on 19 Kids and Counting but the story garnering attention right now is about her own struggle with bulimia as a teenager. The surprising revelation was disclosed in Growing Up Duggar, a new book written by the family’s oldest daughters, Jana, Jill, Jessa and Jinger. […]

March 09, 2015

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5:00 PM | CopeCareDeal
The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands created its Adolescent Mental Health Initiative to synthesize and disseminate scientific research on the prevention and treatment of mental disorders in adolescents. The Initiative creates books and Web materials for adolescents on topics including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, schizophrenia, and suicide prevention. CopeCareDeal is administered with the assistance of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

March 05, 2015

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8:45 PM | How to Redefine Boundaries to Your Own Personal Freedom
“The boundary to what we can accept is the boundary to our freedom.” - Tara Brach I was in the heart of my Ph.D. program when I received the diagnoses: OCD, depression, and binge eating disorder. It explained a lot, of course. All those years of anxiety, self-doubt, and intrusive thoughts were not normal after […]
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