Brain Stimulation May Hold Key To Treating Eating Disorders

Patients with eating disorders like anorexia can be cured with consistent brain stimulation treatments, according to a new study.

Researchers at King’s College London submitted participants to a non-invasive procedure called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS), which is also used to treat depression. Persistent treatments may help the 0.5 to one percent of American females who battle anorexia nervosa – the most common psychiatric disorder for young women, according to the National Eating Disorders Association.

“We found that just one session of rTMS was able to reduce core symptoms of anorexia, which urged to restrict levels of feeling full and levels of feeling fat, and also encourage prudent decision-making,” said Jessica McClelland, lead author of the study. “Taken together, these findings suggest that brain stimulation may reduce symptoms of anorexia by improving cognitive control over compulsive features of the disorder.”

Anorexia and benefits of brain stimulation

Anorexia Nervosa is an eating disorder identified with the fear of becoming overweight and the limitation of food intake to keep weight off. Anorexia claims the lives of one out of every five women that suffer from the disorder.

The use of rTMS, however, can alter the neural activity in certain regions of the brain via magnetic impulses. According to the researchers, rTMS feels like a soft tap from inside of the cranium.

At the culmination of the study, researchers claimed that participants who had undergone rTMS treatments made smarter decisions about food compared with the placebo group.

Source: Tech Times

Eating Disorder Self Test. Take the EAT-26 self test to see if you might have eating disorder symptoms that might require professional evaluation. All answers are confidential.

Find a Treatment Facility Near You

Click on a state below to find eating disorder treatment options that could be right for you.

The information provided on EatingDisorders.com is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her health professional. This information is solely for informational and educational purposes and we encourage all visitors to see a licensed physician if they believe that they have an eating disorder. The publication of this information does not constitute the practice of medicine, and this information does not replace the advice of your physician or other health care provider. Neither the owners or employees of EatingDisorders.com nor the author(s) of site content take responsibility for any possible consequences from any treatment, procedure, exercise, dietary modification, action or application of medication which results from reading this site. Always speak with your primary health care provider before engaging in any form of self treatment. Please see our Legal Statement for further information.

Copyright © 2008-2018 EatingDisorders.com.
Company Information

© 2018 EatingDisorders.com. All rights reserved. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of EatingDisorders.com's terms of service and privacy policy. The material on this site is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment provided by a qualified health care provider.