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Cover image for lecture: Eating Disorders and Party Drugs

Lecture Overview

Up to 50% of individuals with eating disorders abuse alcohol or illicit drugs, a rate five times higher than the general population. People with eating disorders may use stimulants to control appetite and to provide energy for exercise and, consequently, dependence can develop. Particular personality traits, such as impulsiveness or obsessionality, have been connected to both eating disorders and drug use and research has demonstrated that there are several similarities between the physiological conditions and mechanisms of eating disorders and substance abuse, including shared brain pathways, low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, and social pressures. This fantastic session explores the relationship between eating disorders and drug use and offers a great overview of both conditions and ways to promote recovery.


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Sarah Trobe

Dr Sarah Trobe is a registered clinical psychologist with experience in both the public and private sectors, predominantly in working with children and adolescents presenting with complex mental health difficulties. Sarah holds a bachelor of arts (Hons), a PhD in clinical psychology, and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society. Sarah is passionate about setting up strong treatment networks and collaborations throughout the state, with skills in service development and multidisciplinary care and coordination. Outside of The Centre of Excellence in Eating Disorders (CEED), Sarah’s current clinical work is focused on supporting young people with overweight and obesity. She is completing her masters in nutrition. These clinical and research pathways underlie Sarah’s interest in the link between physical health and mental health and current care structures in this field. See Educator Profile


35 Total Rating(s)
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Susan Mayne
03 Dec 2019

Very interesting

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Michele Selby
27 Oct 2019

Excellent and interesting presentation.

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Harry Grisdale
05 Jul 2019

Well presented

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stephanie squire
13 Jun 2019

Excellent, easy to understand , very informative .

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Bruce Garry
30 May 2019

Very well considered presentation designed to resource people as notifiers for a very dangerous disorder. I knew that eating disorder resulted in high morbidity but I was unaware of the addictive drug connection.

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Lisa Cairns
28 May 2019

Very good pesentation - learnt the importance of early intervention and what signs to look for.

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Jamie Koopman
27 May 2019

very informative video

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Allison Chafer
27 May 2019

A very good review, I have had the opportunity in nursing 3 young people and this was a good lecture. This lecture has given me ideas and also provided me with some good resources that will assist me into helping my consumers in the future.

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Rekha Shrestha
27 May 2019

informative session

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Fionn Griegg
26 May 2019

Excellent resource. Well presented with really good knowledge you can use practically.