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While most clinicians are comfortable with the nutritional and therapeutic aspects of eating disorder treatment, uncertainty is often found in reference to medication use. In a groundbreaking workshop at the 2016 iaedp Symposium at the Omni on Amelia Island in Florida, February 17 – 22, researchers look at both the medical and psychiatric symptoms of eating disorders and the medications commonly used to treat them.

New Workshop at 2016 iaedp Symposium Addresses Medications Commonly Used to Treat Eating Disorders

While most clinicians are comfortable with the nutritional and therapeutic aspects of eating disorder treatment, uncertainty is often found in reference to medication use. In a groundbreaking workshop at the 2016 iaedp Symposium at the Omni on Amelia Island in Florida, February 17 – 22, researchers look at both the medical and psychiatric symptoms of eating disorders and the medications commonly used to treat them. The presentation briefly reviews the psychiatric literature on psychotropic medications and eating disorders and discusses medications used clinically by psychiatrists to treat eating disorders based on mechanism of action and pathophysiology.

There continues to be a stigma in relation to medication and its utility in the treatment of eating disorders. This presentation will include a didactic session with presentations from Lauren Ozbolt, MD, a child and adolescent psychiatrist with extensive eating disorder experience, and Joel Jahraus, MD, FAED, CEDS, a long-time family physician who has cared for medical issues of eating disorder patients.

Primary presenter Dr. Ozbolt is a board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist with a sub-specialty in eating disorders. She has served as the Medical Director of the University of Miami Eating Disorder Program and Attending Psychiatrist of the Oliver-Pyatt Residential Eating Disorder Treatment Program. Currently she is the Medical Director of Clementine, the Residential Adolescent Eating Disorder Program at the Oliver-Pyatt Centers and operates a private practice in Los Angeles.

Co-presenter Dr. Jahraus is well-known and respected for his two decades of specialization in the medical management of patients with eating disorders. A board-certified physician for over 30 years, he is a recognized expert on diabetes and the medical complications of eating disorders. He co-authored a chapter on eating disorders in the Textbook of Psychosomatic Medicine, published by the American Psychiatric Association and has been featured in various national media documentaries on eating disorders. For his outstanding contributions to the field, he received the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2011.

The workshop featuring Drs. Ozbolt and Jahraus, “Malnutrition and Medication: Using Medications in the Treatment of Eating Disorders,” is scheduled for Thursday, February 18 from 9 a.m. to noon at the 2016 iaedp Symposium. For registration information, visit iaedp.com.

About iaedp: Since 1985, the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals has provided education and training standards to an international and multidisciplinary group of various healthcare treatment providers and helping professions.

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