Helpful Resources About Eating Disorders

Meet Dr. Jeffrey DeSarbo, the host of this NeuroSeries, a psychiatrist and eating disorder specialist, and the Medical Director of ED-180 Treatment Programs in New York. Dr. DeSarbo discusses how he entered the field and his interest in translating the eating disorder research.

Dr. Jeffrey DeSarbo gives this introduction to how an eating disorder is all about changes in the brain and central nervous system structure resulting in all consuming thoughts about the eating disorder and how changes in the brain effect all organ system in the body.

Dr. Jeffrey DeSarbo discusses the emergence of research based evidence regarding eating disorders, especially with the advancement of brain imaging technology and the study of the neuroscience with eating disorders as well as studies on genetics and heritability. Understanding the differences in a healthy functioning brain and a brain compromised with an eating disorder. Examples of research studies and how that applies to clinical treatment is discussed.

Dr. Jeffrey DeSarbo discusses some more of the neurobiological findings that are unique to individuals with eating disorders and lead to changes with changes in the brain and central nervous system. More examples of research studies and how that applies to the types of behaviors and thought processes that are present and how these finding are helpful with clinical treatment.

Dr. Jeffrey DeSarbo discusses findings unique with children, adolescents and teenagers with eating disorders including the need for early detection and long-term consequences of the neurobiological changes that can take place at early ages.

Dr. DeSarbo discusses specific findings with the brain and central nervous system and how the brain is wired with binge eating that contributes to its onset and perpetuation. Brain functioning that promotes the drives to binge eat are discussed.

Dr. Jeffrey DeSarbo discusses the neurobiology of bulimia nervosa and the unique brain and central nervous findings with this eating disorder. Learn how findings with certain nerves perpetuate binge/purge behaviors and how that can effect treatment selection.

Dr. DeSarbo discusses some of the findings that lead to a compromised brain secondary to deprivation from nutritional deficiencies and related behaviors in anorexia nervosa and the changes to the brain and its chemistry that result.

Dr. DeSarbo discusses the neurobiological findings in patient with eating disorders who struggle with body image distortions and distress including changes in cerebral blood flow patterns and regional brain volume loss that drives one for thinness. Also discussed is differences in the male and female brain and body image distress.

Dr Jeffrey DeSarbo discusses psychotherapy from a neuroscience perspective and how therapy effects the brain. Some insights into the obstacles in therapy are presented as well as psychotherapeutic treatment approaches for eating disorders are discussed.

Dr. DeSarbo discusses from a psychiatrist and ED specialist point of view how medications may help, as well as their substantial limitations, when working with eating disorders. Discussions include expectations with medications when used as a part of the eating disorder treatment.

Dr. Jeffrey DeSarbo discusses how mindfulness training is a very important part of a treatment plan that often is neglected with patients. Research on the effectiveness of meditation on the brain is discussed as well as other mindful training techniques such as biofeedback and neurofeedback with eating disorders.

Dr. Jeffrey DeSarbo discusses the unique interplay between the brain and nervous system and all of the other body's system such as the gastrointestinal system, cardiac system, endocrine system and others. This lecture demonstrates how and eating disorder is both a medical condition and a psychiatric condition and how each effects the other.

Dr. Jeffrey DeSarbo presents an atypical discussion on nutrition with eating disorders. Nutrition here is presented from an important neurobiological chemistry perspective. Examples of how individual nutrients play a role in specific brain and neurological process are covered. A discussion about the importance of refeeding with anorexia nervosa and the need for trained clinicians in the process is briefly discussed as well.

A video on the importance of family support with a loved one with an eating disorder. Discussing studies on caregiving, a family systems approach and things to do and not to do when living with a loved one with an eating disorder.

A brief presentation about some special considerations with COVID-19 in patients with eating disorders including anorexia nervosa from Dr. Jeffrey DeSarbo, Psychiatrist, Eating Disorder Specialist and Medical Director of ED-180.

A follow up video on the impact of COVID-19 with eating disorder patients including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and OSFED. Dr. DeSarbo discusses case studies in his practice and encourage others to keep track and screen in their patient population to benefit the clinicians practice and possibly offer data in the future.