“We don’t have pills for eating disorders.” Psychologist Carine El Khazen on signs for early detection of mental health issues, and coping with the collective trauma of the pandemic
This week Hashem caught up with Dr. Carine El Khazen, clinical psychologist at the American Center in Dubai, and Vice President of MEEDA (Middle East Eating Disorders Association).
Eating disorders are the deadliest form of mental illness, and 95% of sufferers are women between the ages of 15 to 25. Dr. Carine also shared that patients as young as 11 have come to seek treatment at her practice.
Growing up in a family of image-conscious female relatives on both parents’ sides, Carine witnessed early on and first-hand the effects of body consciousness and food obsessions, cementing her focus on eating disorders during her psychology career which spans over 15 years.
Hashem and Carine also discuss the devastating effects of social media channels like TikTok on children’s self esteem as well as the long-term effects of the pandemic on society’s collective mental well being.