Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Blame it on the sertraline?

This story from the U.K. links sertraline--the generic name for the antidepressant Zoloft--to a young woman's death from anorexia.

"One of the side effects is the reduction of appetite," said the psychologist who treated the young woman.

What will it take to make people understand that anorexia is not the result of reduced appetite? That it's a brain disorder with genetic and biological underpinnings?

Many people (including myself) take sertraline without becoming anorexic.

Just once, I'd like to see a news story that showed a true understanding of anorexia. Just once.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Need a laugh?

Things have been a bit slow on the blog lately. Sorry about that--being a first-time professor takes up a lot of time, as it turns out! This post, The OCD Diet, should make up for that. Don't read this at work, unless you don't mind falling on the floor laughing hysterically in front of your colleagues.