Mental illness is consuming American’s. The latest figures show that eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness, and also some 1 in 5 deaths from anorexia is by suicide. About half of anorexia patients are also diagnosed with anxiety disorders such as OCD, social phobias, and depression.
Anorexia Nervosa is a mental condition in which a person shows intense fear of gaining weight or becoming fat, however, some people with the condition don’t express fear but are diagnosed by their behavior that interferes with healthy weight gain when weight is dangerously low.
People who suffer from Anorexia, and other eating disorders, have difficulty recognizing the severity of being underweight, cannot tell how underweight they are or evaluate themselves by the shape and weight of their bodies.
Mental health is a vastly misunderstood and yet well-studied field. Causes of eating disorders like Anorexia aren’t fully understood, but key factors involved in the development of the disease have been identified. Individual psychology plays an important role in mental health. Depressed, anxious, and perfectionist type personalities are more likely to develop anorexia.
Teens, especially girls, can develop anorexia due to social stress and puberty, unnecessary pressure to be thin perpetuated by TV and media, family problems, or abuse. Often, it begins as a form of dieting but gradually escalates into an eating disorder.
Family history can put someone at higher risk of developing anorexia, as with all mental health conditions, and changes in brain function and hormone levels are associated with anorexia, but it’s not clear whether they are casual or a result of the disorder.
Psychosocial therapies have shown to be effective in treating eating disorders. Supportive therapy is shown to be effective more than cognitive behavioral therapy. There are no approved medications for treating anorexia, specifically. In spite of that, more than 60 percent of anorexia patients have prescribed antidepressants even though there is no evidence that they help treat the condition.
[SSRI] antidepressant and antipsychotics, opiate antagonists, and mood stabilizers have all been used to treat anorexia. Studies show mixed results regarding the effectiveness of these medications to treat anorexia, but the harmful side effects of the drugs have been well documented.
Anorexia develops predominantly in adolescence. The FDA has been warning since 2003 that SSRI antidepressants increase the risk of youth suicide urging manufacturers to add black-box warning labels of the danger. Psychiatric medications, such as olanzapine and quetiapine, are given to treat anorexia regardless of their severe likelihood of cardiac conduction abnormalities like increasing risks of stroke and heart failure.
Reports show massive amounts of children and adults in the U.S. are on multiple antidepressants, anti-anxiety, and pain medications that are having adverse effects on our nation’s mental health. 1 in 6 adults are taking psychiatric medication with the most common being anti-depressants. Medical researchers are compelled to find safer alternatives to relatively ineffective, costly, dangerous pharmaceuticals.
Marijuana contains compounds called [cannabinoids] work with the specialized [receptors] in the body to regulate a multitude of bodily functions such as appetite, pain management, and sleep. Cannabinoids, their receptors, and the substances they create form the [Endocannabinoid system].
The federal government approves of synthetic-THC, or [dronabinol], as an appetite stimulant, but synthetic THC is associated with various side adverse side effects, as opposed to whole plant-derived natural compounds. Studies show that THC activates the metabolic system, which can help to stimulate appetite, as is such with the classic side effect of cannabis, “the munchies”.
[CBD] and secondary cannabinoids like [terpenes] activate endocannabinoid [receptors] in the nervous system, which helps to reduce pain and stress associated with anorexia. Medical marijuana helps to encourage eating in anorexia patients and improves symptoms of depression and anxiety. In fact, CBD has amazingly shown improvement in chronic conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and rheumatoid arthritis thanks to its neuroprotective properties.
Marijuana will affect individuals uniquely according to a variety of factors including strain, dosage, emotional state, and method of administration. Consult with a physician and medical marijuana professional about using cannabis. Follow the links below to strains that have been reported to help others with eating disorders such as anorexia.
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