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The Eating Disorders CoP Networking Days is where you'll have the opportunity to learn, exchange knowledge, make connections, and share experiences about eating disorders practice in BC.

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Activating dopamine neurons could turn off binge-like eating behavior

While binge eating affects about 10 percent of adults in the United States, the neurobiological basis of the disease is unclear. Researchers at the USDA/ARS Children's Nutrition Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital found that certain neural circuits have the ability to inhibit binge-like eating behavior in mice. Their report appears in the journal Biological Psychiatry.

Trauma Uninformed

As a psychotherapist with more than 30 years of experience in mental health, currently working in the EAP field, I was very excited about the opportunity to receive training in critical incident stress management.  The fact that my training was going to be provided by Jeffrey Mitchell himself only added to my sense that I was going to increase my therapist tool kit substantially.

Eating disorders ignored by mental health programs

By Leora Pinhas, a psychiatrist working in the field of eating disorders. 

The results of a major biennial Ontario mental health survey released last month failed to include any data on eating disorders, a life-threatening group of disorders that are common only in girls.

The Ontario Student Drug Use and Health Survey, which questioned thousands of students from Grade 7 to 12 and is conducted by the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH), contains 600 pages of findings in what is considered important today in adolescent mental health.

**NEW** Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre's Eating Disorder Website

 

Come visit the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre's **NEW** eating disorders website!  Visit us today at keltyeatingdisorders.ca!

                                                 

Notice an error? A link not working? Email keltycentre@cw.bc.ca and we'll be sure to fix it!

Abnormalities found in 'insight' areas of the brain in anorexia

In a study of structural brain connectivity led by the University of Illinois at Chicago and UCLA, those participants with anorexia nervosa who scored lowest on a test measuring their ability to form insight had more connective abnormalities than other patients in brain regions linked to error detection and conflict monitoring as well as self-reflection.

A visiting philosopher of psychiatry from Canada believes changing the discourse around anorexia and addiction is critical to prevention.

Addictions and eating disorders should be viewed as "passions" in order to provide more effective treatment, according to a visiting Canadian scholar.

Oxytocin's role in binge eating

Summary: A study has demonstrated that variants of the Oxytocin Receptor (OXTR) gene contribute to why some of us overeat or engage in episodes of binge eating. Researchers investigated how the OXTR gene influences appetite, food preferences, food intake and personality risk traits associated with brain-reward mechanisms.

Who are the men, boys suffering from anorexia?

A new study by researchers from the University of Montreal reveals the current state of knowledge about anorexia in men and boys. "Most of the knowledge about anorexia pertains to females. However, about 10% of persons affected are males, and we believe this figure is underestimated," says Laurence Corbeil-Serre, lead author of the study.

Trauma is an Experience, Not an Event

It seems like “trauma” has become one of those household terms everyone talks about. I took a look at the number of average monthly Google searches for “trauma” in the U.S., and found that it has grown 22% in only one year. As with other terms that became mainstream (for instance “addiction” or “narcissism”), I suspect the price of increased awareness is a diluted understanding of what they really mean.

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