September 2023 Newsletter

In this issue...

  • Message from the Chair
  • ‘Comorbidity‘
    • ‘He forces himself to eat more’: One mum’s struggle with her son’s ‘bigorexia’
    • What Role Does ADHD Play in Eating Disorder Treatment?
    • Happiful and Beat investigate the link between autism and eating disorders
  • Novel potential treatment: Psychedelic therapy
    • Psychedelic psilocybin could treat anorexia in some patients, trial suggests
    • Psilocybin: Could magic mushrooms treat depression and anorexia?
  • Upcoming support meetings



The theme of this month’s newsletter is “comorbidity” or the co-occurrence of an eating disorder with one or more additional diagnoses. Eating disorders often co-occur with another psychiatric diagnosis or with neurodivergence. While comorbidity may sound scary, it doesn’t have to be. What it does emphasise is that everyone’s journey is unique and everyone’s needs are different. It is also a reminder for clinicians to take a holistic approach to care and treat the person, not the diagnosis.

As this is a big topic, we will continue to look into comorbidity in future newsletters. This issue we start with three articles that take a look at eating disorders and body dysmorphia, autism, and ADHD.

Additionally, we have included new results from research trial from the United States using psilocybin (magic mushrooms) in the treatment of anorexia. Alongside this is a link to an interview with one of our volunteers about the use of psilocybin in therapy for anorexia and depression.

Sending you good wishes and hope
Wiebke



One mum’s struggle with her son’s ‘bigorexia’

One mum's struggle with her son's 'bigorexia'

From The Sydney Morning Herald

“Our kids are suffering, with both eating disorders and muscle dysmorphia on the rise. My son has experienced both, even though the thoughts and behaviours are effectively the same, flipped 180 degrees. Every child deserves timely access to effective treatment and we, as a society, need to question the body image and gender role messages we’re sending boys.

Read the article




What Role Does ADHD Play in Eating Disorder Treatment?

What Role Does ADHD Play in Eating Disorder Treatment?

From Pschology Today

“Treatments for ADHD and eating disorders should also be integrated, holistic, and focused on treating each individual as a whole... How can you leverage the positive aspects of ADHD to recover from an ED and build a meaningful life?”

Read the article




Happiful and Beat investigate the link between autism and eating disorders

the link between autism and eating disorders

From happiful.com

“Treatments for ADHD and eating disorders should also be integrated, holistic, and focused on treating each individual as a whole... How can you leverage the positive aspects of ADHD to recover from an ED and build a meaningful life?”

Read the article




Psychedelic psilocybin could treat anorexia in some patients, trial suggests

Psilocybin: Could magic mushrooms treat depression and anorexia?

From livescience.com

“In a small trial, 10 women with the eating disorder received a single dose of psilocybin, while supported by a therapist ... Most patients reported a positive experience with the drug, reporting that their quality of life improved and that they felt more optimistic. Four participants had entered remission from their symptoms after three months."

Read the article

 


Psilocybin: Could magic mushrooms treat depression and anorexia?

Psilocybin: Could magic mushrooms treat depression and anorexia?

From RNZ

EDANZ volunteer, Dr Meg Spriggs talks about the use of psilocybin in therapy for anorexia and depression. 

Listen to interview

 




EDANZ Support Group Meetings

Upcoming support group meetings

EDANZ believes parents/carers have unique abilities to support one another and we hold regular meetings to which you are warmly invited. Currently, we're joining together around the country once a month thanks to videoconferencing technology. 

If you would like to participate in a virtual support group, please RSVP to info@ed.org.nz and we'll send you the link.

We alternate monthly between evening and daytime meetings.

Upcoming meetings:

  • August 18, 12-1pm
  • September 18, 7-8pm
  • October 13, 12-1pm

More information can be found on our website Parent/Carer Support Groups page

Remember: EDANZ helpline is open throughout the year – please don’t hesitate to contact us info@ed.org.nz or leave a message on the phone 0800 2 EDANZ and we will get back to you as soon as we can. If you are concerned about the safety of someone, please ring 111 or go to the Emergency Department of your nearest hospital.




Did you know, we receive no regular funding?

Many families have told us they consider our support to be essential and life-saving. However, we are a volunteer organisation and rely totally on donations and grants to provide our services – many of which are currently self-funded. 

Demand for our services continues to grow to unprecedented levels. With the cost pressures New Zealand is facing, donations are becoming scarce... yet they're needed more than ever before.

If you can, please consider donating to EDANZ

Your donation will enable us to continue our work providing support to families, education to healthcare providers and the community, and advocating for improved access to evidence-based treatment for all affected New Zealanders. 

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