As vagus stimulation is currently an experimental
treatment for bulimia, we have also included some information about current
treatments. The links below outline the current APA recomendations and
also provides an overview of the most common and supported treatments.
Please also visit our other resource page
for more information about treatments.
As you have learned in previous sections, the vagus nerve
sends and receives signals from the brain and various parts of the body.
While it is not clearly demonstrated, aspects of other treatments may
also involve the vagus nerve. An important element of Cognitive-Behavioral
Therapy is establishing a normal and consistent eating schedule; perhaps
this influences the messages sent between the body and the brain via
the vagus nerve. In Exposure Plus Response Prevention, the mental reaction
and behaviors resulting from eating “forbidden foods” is
addressed, and this too may effect the messages sent between the body
and the brain via the vagus nerve. Finally, as the pharmacological approach
highlights a hypothesis that explains the eating behaviors characteristic
of Bulimia as an attempt to consume foods facilitating the production
of serotonin, the vagus nerve may be involved in these behaviors as