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Old 01-15-16, 01:19 AM
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Re: Adhd, shame and eating disorders

I think the link between eating disorders and ADHD is a combination of a few things. For me, it was the anxiety and embarrassment that I felt because of my inability to do what everyone around me was capable of doing. Now add the poor emotional regulation that adhd causes and you have intense feelings with no way to process them. Eating disorders, unlike other comorbid disorders are not caused by a chemical imbalance. It's purely a coping skill- just like self harm. That is why there must be a connection between adhd and eating disorders. There is some research indicating a connection.
I found a few article linking the 2. Here's a piece from one of them:
"The Link Between ADHD and Eating Disorders

If you struggle with an eating disorder, ADHD may be at the heart of it. Unfortunately, many girls are not diagnosed with ADHD until later in life.

Evidence suggests a strong link between individuals with ADD/ADHD and eating disorders such as:

compulsive overeating
binging
binging and purging (Bulimia)
self-starvation (Anorexia)
Passionately working with countless women over the years, I have seen this strong link in my own practice. The underlying problem is, many women (girls) are not diagnosed with ADHD in childhood, because they often do not exhibit the classic trait of hyperactivity as boys typically do. Instead, many girls’ ADHD manifests itself in inattentiveness and difficulty focusing. Being improperly diagnosed (or not diagnosed at all), many girls turn to food to ease their symptoms.

Why food?

Eating disorders are a method of self-medicating. People who feel out of control, people who feel pain or confusion, people who feel chaotic – well, they want to feel better. We can all sympathize with that at some point in our lives.

Individuals with ADHD feel that way constantly. Food makes them feel better. The drug-like effects of food are only temporary, which in turn leads to compulsive behaviors. As any addict does, sufferers of undiagnosed ADHD begin to obsess about getting their next “fix.”

Most compulsive overeaters, bingers, and Bulimics crave sugary, high-carbohydrate foods. These foods can actually change the brain’s neurochemistry in a person with ADHD, as the ADD brain is slower to absorb glucose. Sugary, high-carb foods also increase Serotonin levels, which helps alleviate anxiety, irritability, and depression.

It makes sense that food is a “drug of choice” among many individuals with ADHD, as they can turn to it at a young age to soothe their restless, chaotic brains. After eating, they can feel alert, calm, and focused for a time. They can feel in control.

For some, self-starvation is their way to curtail distractability, impulsiveness, and hyperactivity. The obsession with thinness and not eating helps focus their mind and in itself feels therapeutic and calming.

Obviously eating disorders of all kinds, whether compulsive overeating, binging, binging and purging, or starvation, can lead to serious health problems. In my practice, I usually look to ADHD as a potential root problem, with eating disorders as a symptom"
Google Laura Muggli ADHD and eating disorders for more information.

Theres also a book by Carolyn Piver Dukarm, called:
"Pieces of a Puzzle: The Link Between Eating Disorders and ADD"

I'm curious to know where research will take us pertaining to this topic in a few years.
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