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Journal of Integrative Neuroscience  2021, Vol. 20 Issue (3): 551-560    DOI: 10.31083/j.jin2003059
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Perspectives on psychedelic treatment and research in eating disorders: a web-based questionnaire study of people with eating disorders
Fiona Harding1, *(), Mathieu Seynaeve2, Johanna Keeler2, Hubertus Himmerich1, 2, Janet Treasure1, 2, Carol Kan3
1South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, SE5 8AZ London, UK
2Department of Psychological Medicine, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College, SE5 8AZ London, UK
3Community Mental Health Team, St Ann's Hospital, N15 3TH London, UK
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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.
Key words:  Anorexia nervosa      Binge eating disorder      Bulimia nervosa      Complementary therapy      Eating disorder      Pharmacotherapy      Psychedelics      Treatment     
Submitted:  22 February 2021      Revised:  09 March 2021      Accepted:  19 April 2021      Published:  30 September 2021     
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Fiona Harding, Mathieu Seynaeve, Johanna Keeler, Hubertus Himmerich, Janet Treasure, Carol Kan. Perspectives on psychedelic treatment and research in eating disorders: a web-based questionnaire study of people with eating disorders. Journal of Integrative Neuroscience, 2021, 20(3): 551-560.

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