Anorexia Linked to Notable Shrinkage of Key Brain Structures

Patients with anorexia nervosa (AN) have not able shrinkage in key brain structures and these deficits are less severe in patients on the path to weight recovery, a new brain imaging study shows. The reductions of cortical thickness, subcortical volumes, and cortical surface area were “very pronounced in acutely underweight anorexia,” Stefan Ehrlich, MD, PhD, … Read more

Program Counsels Families of Patients With Eating Disorders

LYON, France — Since 2020, the Lyon Public Hospitals Referral Center for Anorexia and Eating Disorders (CREATyon) has offered counseling services for patients’ families and for siblings. Diane Morfin, MD, child psychiatrist, and Perrine Bertrand, psychologist, explained to Medscape what these support services entail. Counseling for families CREATyon is an assessment and counseling center for … Read more

Youth With Bipolar Disorder at High Risk of Eating Disorders

Youth with bipolar disorder (BD) have a high risk of eating disorders (EDs), new research shows. Investigators studied close to 200 youth with BD and found that more than 25% had a lifetime ED, which included anorexia nervosa (AN), bulimia nervosa (BN), and an ED not otherwise specified (NOS). Those with comorbid EDs were more … Read more

Is Subfertility Linked With Postpartum Mental Illness?

Mothers with previous subfertility have increased risk for postpartum mental illness, compared with mothers who conceived spontaneously, according to a new study. In a population-based cohort study that examined almost 800,000 births, the adjusted relative risk (RR) for postpartum mental illness was 1.14 in women with subfertility, compared with women without reproductive assistance. The magnitude … Read more

Lithium May Lower Osteoporosis Risk in Bipolar Disorder

NEW ORLEANS — People with bipolar disorder – particularly men – show a significantly increased risk of osteoporosis, compared with the general population, but treatment with lithium appears to offer a significant protective effect against the bone disease, according to results from the largest study of its kind. Dr Soren Ostergaard “Our findings emphasize that … Read more

New Tool May Identify Pregnant Women With Eating Disorders

A newly developed screening tool may help clinicians identify pregnant women with eating disorders. The 12-question instrument is intended to be a quick way to help clinicians identify women who may need to be referred to a mental health expert for further evaluation, according to the researchers, who reported on the instrument in a study … Read more

The Stigma Associated With Mental Illness and Antidepressants

The good, the bad, and the ugly. It’s easy to talk about the good, but when it comes to having real conversations about mental health, it’s sometimes an uphill battle. We see so much about mental well-being, services, and hotlines available for those in need. In fact, it’s almost expected for schools and workplaces to … Read more

Youth Mental Health Hospitalization Rates Rose in 2020

Mental health hospitalization rates rose for Canadian children and youth between ages 5 and 24 years in 2020, despite a slight decrease in the overall number of hospital visits, according to new data. Hospitalizations for eating disorders increased significantly, rising nearly 60% for girls between ages 10 and 17 years. “One of the key questions … Read more

What You Need to Know

Eating disorders are among the most prevalent, disabling, and potentially fatal psychiatric illnesses, and the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated their burden, with a 15.3% increase in incidence in 2020 compared with previous years.1 This increase was almost difficult among adolescent girls with anorexia nervosa (AN), which is often insidious in onset and more difficult to … Read more

Microdosing Psychedelics: Untapped Potential in Psychiatry?

In her month-long memoir, A Really Good Day: How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference in My Mood, My Marriage, and My Life (Knopf, 2017), author Ayelet Waldman turns herself into a one-woman experiment. Over a single month she takes one tenth of a recreational dose of LSD every third day. She plots her emotions, her … Read more