Perspectives on psychedelic treatment and research in eating disorders: a web-based questionnaire study of people with eating disorders

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Abstract

Approximately 1.25 million people in the UK suffer from an eating
disorder, yet the treatment options show limited efficacy, warranting the need for novel approaches. This study aimed to investigate the perspectives of people with eating disorders on the use of complementary therapies and psychedelic research and treatment. Two hundred participants with eating disorders took part in this
web survey study. The majority of participants (70%) had used a complementary treatment to manage their eating disorder. Participants believed that psychedelic research was worthwhile in the context of a moderate level of concern. The most popular solutions to meet these concerns included providing education around
psychedelics and their effects and use in psychiatry and experiencing endorsement from professionals in the area. Moreover, participant responses emphasized the need for a safe, monitored environment and the patient-therapist rapport in the context of psychedelic treatment. The findings are explored concerning future trials of psychedelics as a treatment for eating disorders.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)551-560
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of integrative neuroscience
Volume20
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sept 2021

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