MEDICATION I am going to begin this blog with a quote from my own book Give Food A Chance, but I will be
quoting from the only chapter (“Psychopharmacology”)which I did not write.
Here is Janiece Desocio RN, PhD, psychiatric mental health
nurse practitioner (PMHNP) at Kartini Clinic, speaking:“rarely do we think about food as having
pharmacological properties, but in fact, food is an essential source of the
chemicals produced by our brains to stabilize mood, moderate anxiety, induce
sleep, reduce pain, and regulate appetite…… the brain is a natural pharmacy”.
I want to begin a discussion of medication in the treatment
of childhood anorexia nervosa with this quote and its emphasis on food and
adequate weight restoration.Medication
should not be used as a substitute for good food and plenty of it.Without weight restoration you will get
Many parents have written in to the Around The Dinner Table
forum to discuss medication in their child’s treatment plan.They cite their experien…
It is with a great sense of excitement and some trepidation that I am stepping into the role of Executive Director of F.E.A.S.T., following the footsteps of two amazing people, Laura (Collins) Lyster-Mensh and Leah Dean.
The trepidation arises out of the strong desire to ensure that the amazing of work of not only these two previous Executive Directors, but the F.E.A.S.T. Board, past and current volunteers and supporters have done to position F.E.A.S.T. where it is now.
The previous announcement (on our email list, blog and other social media) outlines the achievements of F.E.A.S.T. since its inception. The most important achievement in my eyes is the shift in the conversation around families and eating disorders. Historically, families have been viewed as, at worst, contributors to their child's eating disorder and at best, somewhat benign but not critical members of the care team. The shift to seeing empowered and informed active families as central to a good outcome in eating…
Guest Post by Stephanie Knatz, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
Family-based treatment (FBT), developed and manualized
by James Lock and Daniel Le Grange, has an indisputable amount of evidence
affirming its effectiveness for the treatment of adolescents with anorexia
nervosa (AN). But what about young adults? There remains work to be done to be
able to answer this question empirically. Studies evaluating FBT in samples of
young adults are extremely limited. 1 The average age of adolescents
participating in family-based treatment in rigorous FBT trials is roughly 14-15
years.2 As such, whether FBT is effective, and to what degree it
works for individuals suffering at older chronological ages are questions that science
has only begun to do the work to answer. Whether FBT is an effective treatment for young
adults with anorexia is a reflection of a broader theoretical question about
the role of family support and involvement in the treatment of adults with AN. It
is worthwhile …