A paper appearing recently in the peer-reviewed journal Comprehensive Psychiatry details a “radical” new method for diagnosing eating disorders that predicts 68 percent of people’s problems in psychological and social functioning due to eating-disorder features.
The study cohort included 146 individuals with schizophrenia and 87 with bipolar disorder. Participants were followed for 20 years.
Daniella Isaacs had orthorexia, an eating disorder not about thinness, but rather a moral or righteous fixation on consuming “pure” and “clean” foods. Her new autobiographical play viscerally documents Isaacs’ journey from smoothie-gulping goddess to messy, complex, but ultimately happier human being.
It was long speculated that your gut health is somehow tied to your mental health. Now research also says that social anxiety can be reduced by eating right.
Two of America’s biggest health problems seem to be connected. The key to treating both may be to tackle them together.
So while there are an increasing number of studies looking at the implications of diet on mental health, it is difficult to study the exact causes and mechanisms that link the two. What is the evidence? And how can sugar, such a simple molecule, wreak such havoc in our brains?
The researchers of the new study found their results independent of numerous factors, including overall health behaviors, general diet, weight, and socio-demographic status. They also discovered that people with mood disorders were not more likely to consume sugary foods, an important marker. This means everyone studied began with a clean slate regarding mental health.
Dr. Michelle Natinsky and Dr. Melissa Tester respond to questions about kids and technology, social media, healthy lifestyles, and how to get children excited about school.
After the first five-year follow up, men who ate the most sugar, which the authors categorize as 67 grams or more per day—almost twice the amount of sugar intake recommended by the American Heart Association, and roughly three and a half regular sized Snickers bars—had higher rates of mental health diagnoses than those who ate less sugar, Read more
A study of active musicians – including amateurs, students, professionals, and retired musicians – has found that they may have a high prevalence of food-related disorders, which could be explained by a combination of personality traits and the demands of the job.
“We are realizing that there is a very big part of the diabetes that is also mental health. So there may be anxiety and depression associated with the diagnosis. We have a behavioral specialist who can address that and talk about how a patient is coping with the diagnosis, how their families are coping with Read more
The industry that plates up pleasure for patrons at every service is a melting pot of mental and emotional risk factors for staff.
National forensic consultant Judith Cox, MA, CCHP, discussed the prevalence of chronic disease among Americans and explained how positive lifestyle changes can help prevent many ailments. To deter the onset of chronic illness, Cox said, it is necessary to make lifestyle changes in four major areas: food choices, exercise, sleep and stress reduction.
Because serious medical complications so frequently accompany eating disorders, they defy classification solely as mental illnesses. They should be viewed as complex health-care issues requiring urgent and multidisciplinary care.
More than 16 million U.S. adults report having a major episode of depression within the last year, according to figures from the National Institutes of Health. While a number of factors are at play when considering who’s at risk, a new field of study called nutritional psychiatry looks at how diet can impact mental health. Read more
Family doctors are failing patients with eating disorders by not spotting symptoms and not making referrals to specialist services. Eating disorder charity B-eat, which quizzed 1,420 patients, blames a lack of training on the issue at medical school.
Good nutrition has long been viewed as a cornerstone of physical health, but research is increasingly showing diet’s effect on mental health, as well.
Since he left One Direction, Zayn has been public with his battle with anxiety. But the singer also says he was struggling with even more behind-the-scenes, a possible eating disorder.
I don’t like to talk specifics about my health history when I blog. I don’t even like to write out the phrase “eating disorder.”
Mental health nurse who survived on just 500 calories a day died weighing five stone after ‘using her expert knowledge of anorexia to mask her own eating disorder’
A mental health nurse who specialised in eating disorders used her medical knowledge to survive on just 500 calories a day and conceal the anorexia that killed her, an inquest has heard.
You are sick. You are suffering from a disease that has to do with genetics and brain chemistry and environmental factors and probably something much deeper than what our human minds can comprehend. Try to bring curiosity, rather than blame, into this moment.
Higher proportions of female students, university-educated parents linked to more eating disorders.
Anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric disease, and as such, there is an urgent need to find therapeutic targets for this eating disorder. Now, researchers describe their new mouse model that shows how a combination of genetic and environmental risk factors can trigger the disease.
Core symptoms of anorexia nervosa, including the urge to restrict food intake and feeling fat, are reduced after just one session of a noninvasive brain stimulation technique, according new research.