Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders

Disturbances of the serotonergic pathways within the brain have been linked to the onset, persistence, and recurrence of eating disorders. In particular, it seems that increased serotonin activity in the brain may be responsible for anorexic behavior, while decreased serotonin activity may be responsible for bulimic behavior. There is considerable evidence that increased serotonin activity in the brain is associated with appetite suppression. In fact, drugs which act on serotonin pathways in the brain are commonly used for the short-term management of obesity.

Many people with eating disorders also appear to suffer from depression or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). This is especially interesting given that depression and OCD are also known to involve abnormal serotonergic activity. The link between the disorders is further supported by the fact the antidepressants which increase serotonin activity in the brain are also often effective treatments for individuals with bulimia.

VCAT treatment Plan for eating disorders aims to stimulate Frontal and Parietal lobes as well as the Mid-Brain helping to balance the Beta and Alpha Brian Waves for a better connection and regulation. Balancing these parts of the brain and the related brain waves has been assumed to regulate the dopamine and serotonin. Psychotherapy and nutritional therapy maybe included.

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