Eating Disorders


What's New in Eating Disorders?

While few psychiatrists specialize in eating disorders, most of us see patients with anorexia or bulimia from time to time. It’s hard to keep up on the latest literature when we see such patients rarely. As you’ll read in this article, eating disorders are still among the most challenging treatment issues in psychiatry.

Psychotherapy for Eating Disorders: A Review of the Current Evidence

A variety of psychotherapy techniques work well for eating disorders, particularly for bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder. This article gives a brief summary of the evidence from controlled clinical trials.

Effective Psychiatric Medications for Eating Disorders

Because of the dearth of FDA –approved medications for eating disorders, psychotherapy has gradually become the treatment of choice. Nonetheless, clinical trials of off-label uses of various medications have yielded a few impressive results, particularly for bulimia and binge eating disorder. Here’s a quick run down of various meds that may be worth a try.

Research Update

Risperdal not Effective for Anorexia Nervosa

Clinical trials of both antidepressants and the antipsychotic olanzapine (Zyprexa) have yielded disappointing results, with no clear benefit of medications over placebo for the core symptoms of anorexia.