Eating Disorders and Party Drugs

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Lecture Overview

Up to 50% of individuals with eating disorders abuse alcohol or illicit drugs, a rate five times higher than the general population. People with eating disorders may use stimulants to control appetite and to provide energy for exercise and, consequently, dependence can develop. Particular personality traits, such as impulsiveness or obsessionality, have been connected to both eating disorders and drug use and research has demonstrated that there are several similarities between the physiological conditions and mechanisms of eating disorders and substance abuse, including shared brain pathways, low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, and social pressures. This fantastic session explores the relationship between eating disorders and drug use and offers a great overview of both conditions and ways to promote recovery.
CPD48m of CPD
First Published14 April 2019
Updated14 April 2019
30 November 2021
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Eating Disorders