Monday Smörgåsbord

It's once again time for your weekly Sunday Smorgasbord (delayed by only 24 hours), where I trawl the web for the latest in ED-related news, research, and more, so you don't have to.

Join me at FEAST's first-ever conference in Washington, DC this November.

Will Students Take a Mental Health Test?

Aetiology of anorexia nervosa: from a "psychosomatic family model" to a neuropsychiatric disorder?

Live in Australia and want to participate in a clinical trial of outpatient treatment for anorexia? Here's your chance.

Relevance of Social and Self-standards in Eating Disorders.

Eating disorder side effects in men.

Illness perception in bulimia nervosa.

Distinguishing between introversion, shyness, and social anxiety.

Characteristics of suicide attempts in anorexia and bulimia nervosa: a case-control study.

Dieting women may lose bone mass that doesn't return.

Knowledge of eating disorders among collegiate administrators, coaches, and auxiliary dancers.

Who Says You’re Fat?

Ghrelin and anorexia nervosa: A psychosomatic perspective.

Guide Dogs for the Mind Gain Popularity.

Study finds fat acceptance blogs can improve health outcomes.

How psychotherapy changes the brain.

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Katie said...

The distinction between shyness and introversion was really interesting to me! I am a shy person - when I was a teenager I had horrific social anxiety, but after years of challenging it I'm just a bit anxious around new people and in new situations. But I'm not introverted at all, I love meeting up with friends, I love my voluntary work which involves public speaking (even if I shake the whole way through, lol), I look forward to meeting new people when I start college courses and so on. I always through I was just weird, but the thing about introversion being the lack of interest in socialising rather than a fear of it makes sense.

The article about dieting and loss of bone mass didn't really seem like anything new. I mean, I know many people who have recovered much of their lost bone density after anorexia, from teenagers right up to people in their 40s, but this article was focusing on post-menopausal women. If bone density is strongly related to hormones like oestrogen that makes sense. So I hope no one reads the title of that and gets unnecessarily scared!

I loved the article on how psychotherapy changes the brain. That's why I'm training to be a therapist despite being a nerd :)

Anonymous said...

Carrie - this actually has more to do with an older post (the one about the Psychiatric Times article suggesting "palliative care" for chronic AN) but I thought I'd post it where you're more likely to see it. Do you know why AN patients are never sent to permanent inpatient hospitals, the way chronic schizophrenics can be sent permanently to "state"? It's a grim life, for sure, but it sure would beat "palliative care," and perhaps if someone were forced to maintain a healthy weight for a period of time, they could begin to want their recovery. I'm asking because you seem to know a lot about treatment/policy/mental health parity issues.

Carrie Arnold said...


Mainly? My guess is cost. They really don't hospitalize people with schizophrenia long-term like they used to. The advent of modern psychopharmacology basically emptied mental hospitals as patients were discharged en masse. It wasn't all bad (the drugs were probably more effective than the treatments people were receiving), but it also withdrew crucial support.

As well, EDs are generally viewed as "choices." I've faced the idea that I wasn't recovering because I wasn't ready or wasn't doing the work or whatever. I would choose recovery when I was ready. Weight restoration wouldn't help unless I was "ready" to recover.

Just my two cents.

HikerRD said...

Love your flexibility in having your smorgasbord on Monday!

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