Eating Disorders


Bones and the Blues

SSRIs have been around for a long time and generally are thought to have a fairly benign side effect profile. However, these are medications that are taken for many months or even years, and it is important to consider the potential long-term effects on your patients.

Family-Based Therapy to Treat Anorexia Nervosa

The role of families in the treatment of mental illness has always been a tenuous one. Often blamed (think refrigerator mothers), but also expected to provide continuous care for the afflicted loved one, families carry a significant burden.

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.

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.