The Connection Between Depression and Eating Disorders: Case Reviews and Treatment Options
Keywords:eating disorders; mental illnesses; depression; anorexia nervosa; bulimia; positive imagery CBM (cognitive bias modification); electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)
The past century has seen extensive research on the connection between mental illnesses and eating disorders. In this paper, we review the connection between depression and two common eating disorders, anorexia nervosa and bulimia. We highlight these disorders, summarize the statistical evidence of this association, and discuss the hereditary role in this association. We elaborate on practical primary and secondary treatment options such as electroconvulsive therapy and positive imagery cognitive bias modification by reviewing a few case studies.
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