Is it what you’re eating… or what’s eating you?
Recent research shows that lack of family support following psychological trauma in childhood can contribute to life-long eating disorders.
It’s fascinating to think that physical malnourishment may reflect a lack of emotional nourishment in a traumatic childhood.
Jerica Berge, PhD and colleagues from the
But it’s not always the most obvious trauma that leads to serious eating disorders like bulimia and anorexia nervosa. Even school, home and job transitions can prove to be devastating to a person’s self worth, resulting in a mistreatment of their own body.
Dr. Berge spoke to 26 women and one man receiving treatment at an outpatient clinic specializing in eating disorders in order to find if there was a link between family life and the development of eating disorders.
These patients suffered from anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and other eating disorders and they all shared one common theme: traumatic childhood events.
Please keep in mind that study is not randomized, so we have to be careful about the conclusions that we draw from it.
You can read the entire story in the May 2012 Issue of the Journal of Clinical Nursing.
Identifying the early warning signs and providing proper support for emotional trauma may be crucial to preventing some of these deadly and debilitating disorders.
The challenges of detecting and treating trauma are numerous – that’s why we created our newest comprehensive training series on Treating Trauma.
If you would like to learn more about the most effective methods of trauma treatment being used today, you are invited to join us.
This week, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk will discuss what neuroscience can teach us about the treatment of trauma.
Topics will include:
- How trauma disorganizes the brain
- Why understanding how traumatic memories are stored is key to planning your treatment
- How trauma can destroy one’s sense of time – and why this is so critical to recover
- The four components of an effective trauma treatment
- The effect of childhood abuse and neglect upon neurodevelopment
- Common mistakes practitioners make
- Can yoga reverse the secondary brain damage caused by trauma?
You can listen to the interviews for free at the time of initial broadcast, you just need to sign up.
Have you treated a patient with an eating disorder that you believe may be related to early life trauma? Please leave a comment below.