Dr Helen Bould is a Consultant Senior Lecturer in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Bristol and Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust. Her research interests are in the epidemiology of and cognitive processes underlying eating disorders and self-harm. She is also more widely interested in how we understand and treat mental illness in children and adolescents. She completed her MA in Medical and Veterinary Sciences at University of Cambridge, her BMBCh at the University of Oxford, her psychiatry training in Severn Deanery and her DPhil at the University of Oxford. She is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
Anorexia Nervosa (AN) is a very serious illness with a high morbidity; it is also notoriously difficult to treat. Praise then to researchers investigating innovative treatments that might help. This pair of papers investigating the hormone oxytocin have been widely reported in the popular press, from the BBC to Time magazine and the Daily Mail (link withheld [read the full story…]