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February 23, 2013


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Very valuable tidbits you gleaned. I have to think now about what it would feel like to be made anxious by dopamine...how to turn dopamine into your friend. Hmmm.

The closing joke made this chronically-late, never-a-small-person gal laugh, too.


Until more people stop perceiving eating disorders as a sort of lifestyle choice, I can't see how they're going to understand the necessity of continued, long-term treatment.

But, on the positive side, glad that SB is several months into her journey to recovery.

Jenn @ Juggling Life

Not so much with the recovery at this moment. I will blog it later today, but shes starting treatment tomorrow. Unexpected, but this disease is truly crazy.

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It is a pretty baffling disease, and one that some people do not take seriously enough. Hope things go well tomorrow and continue to do so.


Sorry for that development, but I hope things go well tomorrow and that they keep getting better.

Busy Bee Suz

You need to be applauded for not only being such a good parent to SB during this, but for learning so much and sharing with others.
You rock! Sending good thoughts SB's way.


I'm not sure I understand the rewards thing. Wouldn't it be more accurate to say that an anorexic's idea of reward would be different from normal? The feeling of hunger might be a reward, or the feeling of being so in control that you can refuse the proffered food. At least, that was my experience.

Jenn @ Juggling Life

The study was done with money, so it indicates more general personality trait than being food-specific.

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Green Girl in Wisconsin

Oh dear, that is funny in a way!
This was interesting--I didn't know about the mental perceptions (rewards, etc.) but it really makes sense when you think about it.

Karen (formerly kcinnova)

The joke has, I suspect, a huge dose of truth in it. (Jocelyn wasn't the only one who saw herself!)

I am so sorry for the reasons you are learning this information... but I am glad you are learning it and sharing it with us. You've certainly changed my thinking and attitude about anorexia and I'm grateful to you for that.
The fact that ED effects a change in the brain's response to dopamine is HUGE.
The cancer analogy is especially interesting because it speaks to disease vs. choice. (And in this, I note society's lessened compassion toward those whose addictions lead to cancer and other disease.)
It seems to me that people desire to control their own destiny (and, in a healthy manner, that of others as well). This can be a natural and good thing -- the desire to do well, take care of yourself and your family. But when disease takes over, things go awry and control itself is the goal... I'm thinking "aloud" here, and wondering if I am on track.

Kim Kasch

This is very interesting information. Thanks for sharing it with everyone. People don't talk about these issues very often.

Mrs. G.

What fries me is most insurance companies do not cover treatment...for a potentially deadly disease.

gary rith

Mrs G, really?????


Most insurance companies do all kinds of things that are not in the best interest of the patients OR the eventual bottom line.

So glad you are getting all this info and help and wishing SB the best of luck!


It seems to me that eating disorders, like depression, are unfortunately lumped into the category of not being taken seriously enough as real illnesses/disease. No one would ever deny treatment or even question someone with diabetes or cancer. Time for some serious changes in our health care system. Thanks to people like you for continuing to educate and for being so open. Good thoughts for you and SB!

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