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  • Study Sees No Gain in Using Antidepressant to Treat Anorexia

    06/13/2006 11:58:07 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies · 492+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 14, 2006 | BENEDICT CAREY
    One of the most widely used treatments for the eating disorder anorexia nervosa, the antidepressant Prozac, works no better than dummy pills in preventing recurrence in young women who have recovered from it, researchers are reporting today. The study, the most rigorous to date to test the use of medication for anorexia, should alter treatment for an illness that is often devastatingly chronic and that has a higher mortality than any other psychiatric disorder, experts said. Fewer than a third of the study's participants, who also received regular psychotherapy, remained healthy for a year or more, whether they received drug...
  • Anorexia largely determined by heredity

    03/07/2006 1:28:09 AM PST · by neverdem · 5 replies · 428+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | March 7, 2006 | Joyce Howard Price
        An international study concludes that the eating disorder anorexia nervosa, a rare but dangerous mental condition, is primarily genetic in origin.     The study also found that a tendency to be anxious and depressed, or neuroticism, early in life is a strong predictor of having to battle anorexia years later.     The collaborative study of more than 31,400 Swedish twins by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, estimated that 56 percent of the liability for developing anorexia is determined by heredity.     "Fifty-six percent heritability -- that's a fairly large contribution of...
  • Sorry. Your Eating Disorder Doesn't Meet Our Criteria.

    11/29/2004 10:58:19 PM PST · by neverdem · 22 replies · 1,915+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 30, 2004 | ROBIN MARANTZ HENIG
    Imagine a 20-year-old woman who refuses to eat anything except carrots and toast because she is afraid of gaining weight, even though she is 5-foot-8 and weighs only 99 pounds. She exercises to the point of exhaustion five mornings a week because, though she is bone-thin, she thinks her thighs are too flabby. Her periods are irregular, but she has never gone more than three months without menstruating. Another woman, who is also 20 and also 5-foot-8, has an opposite eating pattern. She goes without eating all day, and starting at 6 p.m. she eats nonstop, whatever she can get...