"Wasting Away": A Channel 4 Documentary
To those who have watched, heard about, or who are discussing the Channel 4 Documentary “Wasting Away”, broadcast Thursday August 24, 10pm in the UK …
… a blog post from F.E.A.S.T.'s Chair
I watched the powerfully affecting documentary aired on Channel 4 last week, although I didn’t really want to; not because I don’t care about the story of Mark and his daughter Maddy and the effects of her illness on all of their family, and not because I don’t care about the others who were featured, many of whom have been failed or are failing within the scope of UK healthcare, but because I do care, very much. And because I knew that I would be affected, my family having once been affected by an eating disorder too, and because of what I have seen of how eating disorders have affected many families over my many years of volunteering for F.E.A.S.T.
Anyway, I watched, and as expected it made me both cry a little and shout a bit at the telly - …
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…
Guest Post by Lauren Muhlheim, Psy.D., CEDS and Therese Waterhous, PhD/RDN 2 Case Studies of how FBT trained clinician parents usedFBT for an early intervention.
Disorders are serious mental illnesses with dangerous medical
consequences.Without early intervention,
eating disorders may become chronic or even fatal. Parents are often unaware of some of the
early signs of an eating disorder.Even
if they are aware of early warning signs, they are often uncertain and reluctant
to intervene out of fear of worsening the situation. Maudsley
Family Based Treatment (FBT) is one of the leading evidence-based treatments
for adolescents with eating disorders.Studies are underway to evaluate the effectiveness of early
interventions using an FBT approach. Parents Act Now is a study at Stanford for
early intervention for Anorexia and Family Internet-Based Early Bulimia Nervosa
Study is underway at the University of Chicago. This paper
describes how two clinicians trained in the provision of FBT …