Majority of Anorexia Patients are Prescribed Psychotropics Despite Lack of Data


Research from the medical schools of Harvard University and the University of Melbourne, reported in the December International Journal of Eating Disorders, found that 53% of the women with anorexia studied reported current use of either an antidepressant (48.4%) or an antipsychotic (13%) despite a lack of data supporting efficacy for the condition. The researchers express concern, “given the known adverse effects of these medications.”

Abstract → Of further interest:
Anorexia Patients Prescribed SSRIs, Antipsychotics Without Proof Of Efficacy, Study Says (Huffington Post)

Fazeli, P., Calder, G., Miller, K.; et al; Psychotropic medication use in anorexia nervosa between 1997 and 2009. International Journal of Eating Disorders. December, 2012, 45(8); 970-976

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].