Previously, we told you about the newest mental health disorder, Binge-Eating Disorder, that was officially listed in the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), or DSM-5.
And as expected, Big Pharma has been waiting in the wings with a drug that can treat Binge-Eating Disorder.
Don’t binge on this
Before I continue, here’s the lowdown on exactly what Binge-Eating Disorder is: If you’ve lately been enjoying more food than normal ? like eating a whole tub of ice cream while watching a film ? or if you’ve been “uncomfortably full” several times a month, voila! Chances are you have “Binge-Eating Disorder.”
Well, if that’s the case, then I’m sure many of us suffer with this so-called “mental health issue”, especially over the holiday period? or perhaps if you have a few family birthdays lined-up all in one month.
But wait, if this ridiculous diagnosis doesn’t have you worried, then the drug used to treat Binge Eating Disorder will probably send you running for the hills.
Low-and-behold, literally months after the latest issue of DSM-5 ? the diagnostic “bible” used by the mental health industry across the globe ? was published, the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Elvanse for Binge-Eating Disorder.
The approval happened at the record speed of four and a half months? Of course, when you’ve got an officially named disease with no official drug to treat it ? it calls for super-fast action.
Two things to keep in mind:
- Binge-Eating Disorder is not a real mental health disorder.
- Elvanse is not really a new drug. It’s a knock-off of the drug Vyvanse, which is usually prescribed to those suffering with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder? Oh yes, the drug maker, also funded a study that made the completely unsupported claim that Vyvanse could possibly help improve memory loss and concentration in menopausal women.
Vyvanse is a notorious and potentially deadly drug, which has been linked to suicides in adults and children, including children as young as seven. It reportedly can unleash a sort of psychological hell, with potential side effects ranging from depression to outright panic.
So, as you can see you don’t need to be a doctor to understand what a terrible idea it is to prescribe Elvanse or Vyvanse to binge eaters? or anybody else for that matter!
If your doctor even makes the slightest suggestion that you may be suffering from Binge Eating Disorder and recommends Elvanse to curb your overeating, just say ‘No’. Because this drug is more likely to shave years off your life instead of a few extra pounds around your waist.
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FDA Approves a Drug for Binge-Eating Disorder, (nytimes.com)
“FDA expands uses of Vyvanse to treat binge-eating disorder” FDA News Release, January 30, 2015, fda.gov
“Psychiatrists approve vast changes to diagnosis manual” Sharon Jayson, USA Today, usatoday.com