Dr. Molly McShane, Psychiatrist and Medical Director for Monte Nido and Affiliates, explains eating disorders are brain diseases that need treatment from psychiatrists, because these disorders interact with our environment. They are turned on or off, or get worse or better, depending on the environment the patient is in. She also encourages anyone with suicidal thoughts to go to the emergency room, because they can stay safe and be treated in the immediate acute setting.
Dr. Molly McShane, Psychiatrist and Medical Director for Monte Nido and Affiliates, explains a sign of an eating disorder is when overvalued body image becomes something that someone hyper focuses on and changes eating habits to where it can become dangerous. She says to diagnose an eating disorder the physician has to ask the right questions and to understand what people are doing with food, whether they are eating in secret, which could be binge eating, for example.
Caffeine, tobacco, alcohol, laxatives, emetics, diuretics, heroin, appetite suppressants (amphetamines), and cocaine are substances frequently abused. Dr. Molly McShane, Psychiatrist and Medical Director for Monte Nido and Affiliates, says people with eating disorders struggle with misusing or abusing laxatives and diuretics to help them vomit or to lose water weight. She also explains people with eating disorders use amphetamines, such as Ritalin and Adderall, and cocaine to suppress appetite.
Dr. Molly McShane, Psychiatrist and Medical Director for Monte Nido and Affiliates, says eating disorders are the most deadly mental illness, because many patients die from heart problems they develop because of an eating disorder. She explains these patients also have reproductive problems, because the body's hormones get thrown off and people develop potential fertility problems. They may have gastrointestinal diseases, for example, reflux and dental problems can occur for purging and vomiting.
Brain chemistry, family history, low self-esteem, depression, social pressures, compulsive behavior, social isolation, risk for suicide, and anxiety are some of the risk factors for mental illness. Dr. Molly McShane, Psychiatrist and Medical Director for Monte Nido and Affiliates, says 80% of people with an eating disorder likely have a parent or relative with eating disorders. She also explains if someone has underlying depression and anxiety, they may be using substances or using an eating disorder to cope and manage their feelings.