There are certainly some similarities from a psychological standpoint in how food affects someone who overeats and those who are addicted to drugs.
Troy, MI (PRWEB) June 02, 2012
Mental health treatment experts at the Birmingham Maple Clinic recently reported that research published by the University of Montreal Hospital may add support to the theory that the vicious cycle of overeating due to being depressed, sad or anxious is based on how food affects an individual’s brain and hormones within the body. Lori Edelson, clinic spokesperson and Psychotherapist said, “There are certainly some similarities from a psychological standpoint in how food affects someone who overeats and those who are addicted to drugs. This is a positive step in learning more about obesity, a condition that still has many unknowns in terms of how foods affect the brain and how we can adjust those impulses in hopes of helping individuals reach a healthy weight and regain control over their eating habits.”
As reported by the mental health specialists at the Birmingham Maple Clinic, the study presents some interesting insights into how eating high fat foods may trigger a response that is similar to how drugs affect an addict’s brain. The study, led by Stephanie Fulton, PhD, gives evidence to the theory that the vicious cycle of overeating that many Americans face may be related to being depressed, sad or anxious and looking to food to feel better.
The mental health treatment team at Birmingham Maple Clinic provides treatment for eating disorders, including binge eating, compulsive overeating, anorexia nervosa and other potentially deadly disorders. When necessary, the clinic utilizes a team approach for the treatment of eating disorders, consisting of psychotherapy and medical monitoring at the clinic’s state of the art location in Troy. Nutritional counseling is incorporated into the treatment through specific relationships with specialists in nutrition and medicine who work closely with Birmingham Maple Clinic.
Birmingham Maple Clinic has been specializing in mental health services in Michigan for 40 years, providing services for individuals, couples, families, groups and the community. The clinic provides treatment for a variety of psychological conditions, including child and adult ADHD, anxiety and panic disorders, chronic illness, depression, grief and loss, eating disorders, substance abuse, sexual addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder and marriage, family and relationship counseling. For more information, please visit birminghammaple.com.