Wedsday, 26ᵗʰ July 2023 | Jenni Schaefer, author, speaker & advocate
Simon B. developed a rare eating disorder called PICA at the age of five, causing him to crave and eat rocks and sand while regular food made him vomit. Despite his family's efforts, his condition worsened over the years, affecting his health and social life due to bullying. After sharing their story on social media, Dr. Anderson, an experienced eating disorder specialist, became aware of Simon's case. Brain scans confirmed PICA as the cause of his cravings for non-edible substances. Dr. Anderson devised a treatment plan to address Simon's condition. PICA, although poorly understood, triggers intense cravings for unconventional items to fulfill sensory needs. The treatment aimed to provide relief from Simon's cravings and improve his overall well-being, offering hope for a better quality of life.
Eating disorders and pica disorder have significant impacts on both physical and mental health. Eating disorders like anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder can lead to severe malnutrition, electrolyte imbalances, and organ damage. These disorders often involve distorted body image and unhealthy behaviors concerning food intake, leading to emotional distress and social isolation.
On the other hand, pica disorder involves the persistent consumption of non-food substances like dirt, paper, or hair. This condition can cause serious health issues, including gastrointestinal obstructions, poisoning, and nutritional deficiencies due to the lack of essential nutrients.
Figure: MRI Scan Reveals Mental Brain Disorders
Both eating disorders and pica disorder can have long-lasting effects on an individual's overall well-being, leading to a range of complications, including cardiovascular problems, osteoporosis, depression, anxiety, and even death in extreme cases. Early intervention and comprehensive treatment, including therapy, medical support, and nutrition counseling, are crucial in addressing these disorders and minimizing their impact on physical health and emotional well-being. Support from loved ones and healthcare professionals plays a vital role in the journey toward recovery and healing.
Embracing the power of essential oils, like Bergamot oil and various citrus oils, can remarkably contribute to enhancing mental well-being and aiding in the journey towards recovery from eating disorders. These natural extracts are renowned for their uplifting and calming properties, which can help alleviate stress, anxiety, and depressive tendencies often associated with eating disorders.
Incorporating these oils into aromatherapy and self-care routines can foster a sense of tranquility, encouraging individuals to develop healthier relationships with food and their bodies. The therapeutic scents may reduce emotional triggers that contribute to disordered eating patterns, thereby supporting the healing process. By engaging the senses, these oils provide a holistic approach to mental well-being, aiding in emotional balance and potentially contributing to a more positive mindset on the path to recovery from eating disorders.
Figure: Inhaling Essential Oils Stimulates The Brain, Enhancing Mood And Cognition
Bergamot, a citrus fruit known for its distinctive aroma, offers potential benefits for mental well-being and certain mental disorders. This essential oil has been studied for its effects on mood and emotions, and it may have positive impacts on mental health.
Figure: Bergamot orange (Citrus bergamia)
One of the primary benefits of bergamot essential oil is its ability to promote relaxation and reduce anxiety. Its calming properties can help soothe a restless mind, lower stress levels, and alleviate symptoms of anxiety disorders.
Bergamot may also be useful in combating depression and enhancing mood. Its uplifting scent can stimulate the release of certain neurotransmitters, like serotonin and dopamine, which play a crucial role in regulating mood and emotions.
Figure: The Brain's Response To Restless Mind, Lower Stress Levels, And Alleviate Symptoms Of Anxiety Disorders.
Emma who seemed to have it all together, but beneath her smile, she battled a relentless foe - anxiety. Her days were filled with constant worry, racing thoughts, and an overwhelming fear of the unknown. Simple tasks became daunting challenges, and social situations left her paralyzed with fear. Emma longed to break free from the grip of anxiety and regain control of her life.
One day, while browsing through a local market, Emma came across a bottle of bergamot essential oil. Intrigued by its promises of relaxation and mood enhancement, she decided to give it a try. Little did she know that this small bottle would change her life in ways she never imagined. As Emma started using the bergamot essential oil for a week , she noticed a subtle sense of calm washing over her. Day by day,
After two weeks she felt her anxiety gradually easing, and her racing thoughts quieting down. With time, Emma's reliance on the essential oil became a source of strength. Armed with the soothing scent, she faced her fears head-on, attending social events with newfound confidence.
As weeks turned into months, Emma's transformation was nothing short of shocking. Not only had she conquered her anxiety disorder, but the newfound peace and confidence led her to become an advocate and speaker for mental health awareness. Inspired by the positive impact of the essential oil, Emma dedicated herself to helping others on their journey to emotional well-being.
"Anxiety once held me tight, but bergamot essential oil set me free. Grateful for its calming power, I found peace in its soothing scent. With each breath, I grew stronger, becoming an advocate of hope. Bergamot unlocked my true potential, empowering me on my journey to recovery. Forever thankful for this unexpected lifeline that changed my life."
- Emma S., 27, Advocate, Orlando, Florida