Symptoms And Treatment Of Eating Disorders

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Are Pain Thresholds Elevated in DSM III - R Chronic Bulimia Patients?

While not discussed in class, eating disorders are an incredibly important psychological condition that affects millions of people. One of the most well known eating disorders is Bulimia. Bulimia in itself is characterized by episodes of binging and purging. The acts of binging are often quick consumption of abnormally large portions of food to the point of physical pain and discomfort from stomach stretching.

A study in 1992 by Patricia L. Fads, Nancy C. Raymond, Martina De Zwaan,
Lynn A. Howard, Elke D. Eckert, and James E. Mitchell, was designed to test whether Nociceptive, but not tactile, thresholds are elevated in bulimia nervosa patients, published online in the biological psychiatry journal, and made available through the commonly used virtual database pubmed. During the time findings were suggesting that the vagus nerve may serves as a common substrate or mechanism in the control of not only satiety but also anti-nociception. A study referenced to form the hypothesis was Randich and Maixner in 1984 that showed that vagotomy reduces the analgesic response to opiates given to rats. Hypothesizing that the condition bulimia nervosa is a result of abnormalities in vagal relay of short term satiety, expected was also the decrease in nociceptive responses.

To perform the experiment twenty seven all female patients that met or surpassed the DSM- III- R outline for bulimia nervosa acted as…
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