Sunday Smörgåsbord

It's once again time for your weekly Sunday Smorgasbord, where I trawl the web for the latest in ED-related news, research, and more.

11 Tips to Help Manage Anxiety.

Do recreational drugs and exercise share a neurological high?

Brief on weight bias in the US from the Rudd Center at Yale University.

Stress, Anxiety Both Boon And Bane To Brain.

Accounting for Taste.

Getting Someone to Psychiatric Treatment Can Be Difficult and Inconclusive.

The latest issue of Current Topics in Behavioral Neuroscience is all about eating disorders! And you can read them all for free!

Personality and temperament.
Cognitions and emotions in eating disorders.
Serotonin: Imaging Findings in Eating Disorders.
Dopamine-Based Reward Circuitry Responsivity, Genetics, and Overeating.
Reward and Neurocomputational Processes.
Cognitive-Behavioral Flexibility in Anorexia Nervosa.
Neural Circuits, Neurotransmitters, and Behavior: Serotonin and Temperament in Bulimic Syndromes.
The Heritability of Eating Disorders: Methods and Current Findings.
The Genetics of Eating Disorders.
The Influence of Gender and Puberty on the Heritability of Disordered Eating Symptoms.
New Frontiers in Endocrinology of Eating Disorders.
Animal Models of Eating Disorder Traits.
Neurobiology Driving Hyperactivity in Activity-Based Anorexia.
Translating Experimental Neuroscience into Treatment of Eating Disorders: Two Examples.
Cognitive Remediation Therapy for Eating Disorders: Development, Refinement and Future Directions.
Incorporating Dispositional Traits into the Treatment of Anorexia Nervosa.

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Cammy said...

Wow, jackpot with that special issue, woot for open access!

Carrie Arnold said...

I know! I thought of you and Cathy in particular when I ran across this special issue. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi, Carrie.
While reading the article on 11 ways to manage anxiety- I find it interesting that I am not the only one who gets that knot in my stomach and proclaims that the world hates me.
I wonder- does everyone get these irrational fears? Is it an ED-related phobia? I can't count the number of times I think my best friend hates me because she will hang out with someone else, or not respond to a message. However, she has told me several times we will always be best friends, and that our friendship means everything to her and I should never question it. So- why do I keep returning to these thoughts when I know they are completely outlandish and untrue? I mean, I know she has a job and is busy and has other friends and that is all legit and doesn't bother me...I guess I let anxiety get the best of the situation at times. Advice? Thoughts? Suggestions?

Carrie Arnold said...


Would you mind if I addressed your question in this week's "Tip Day"? I was thinking of something like "Tips for dealing with irrational fears" or something like that.


Anonymous said...

Yes, that would be great!!

Cathy (UK) said...

I'm still working my way through the special issue! Thanks for posting Carrie :)

Emily said...

I keep looking for answers and for help, but still nothing. It all overwhelms me. Recovery is for the elite, those with health insurance and money. No one cares about me or how far I fall down the hole or if I ever reappear again at all. I read and read and research and research...I look for answers and for help. The demons are too strong for reading to be able to help.

Carrie Arnold said...


Our health system SUCKS. You're right- it seems you need cash to access care.

But also know this: I will care if you disappear. I will notice. You are valued and loved.

Cate said...

Oh brilliant timing on the first article - I was literally logging on to ask you to do one of your tip posts on managing panic attacks...and look what I found.

Will sit down and read all those other articles soon too - thx for the great smorgasbord this week :)

Emily said...

Thank you, Carrie. I really appreciate that. Somehow, it made me feel less alone to hear someone else acknowledge that getting care is really difficult. Today is a good day. I made Strawberry Muffins and read a book. It feels like I'm just distracting myself instead of working through my real problem, but I guess that's better than wallowing in ED's words and commands. Thank you for everything. I'm doing a few things to try to get some financial assistance, so I will let you know what happens.


Ashley @ 365 things said...

I read your posts all the time. I just wanted to tell you thank you for always compiling all these links on Sundays. I'm sure it's time consuming, but it's oh so helpful! Thank you!!

Carrie Arnold said...


I'm glad you had a better day. Let me know if I can be of any help in finding financial assistance.

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