2018 iaedp™ Symposium: What You Never Knew About Eating Disorders and Suicide

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The workshop, “Starvation and Suicide: The Neglected Tragedy of Death and Dying in Eating Disorders,” conducted during the 2018 iaedp™ Symposium, will reveal the high prevalence of sleep disorders and malnutrition among those with eating disorders and their subsequent increase in suicide risk as well as explore the tragedy of neglect and paucity of research on the high rates of suicide in eating disorder patients.

Of all psychiatric illnesses, the risk of suicide is highest among eating disorders and, in fact, recent CDC statistics report an overall increase in suicide rates in women and a 200 percent increase in girls aged 10-14. Those with eating disorders are four to five times more likely to die as a result of suicide than as a result of the eating disorder itself or complications arising from it.

Sleep disorders and malnutrition are common among those suffering from eating disorders. While both issues increase risk of suicide among this vulnerable population, recent research shows sleep disturbances in young adults predict suicidal ideation independent of depression and substance use.

The workshop, “Starvation and Suicide: The Neglected Tragedy of Death and Dying in Eating Disorders,” conducted during the 2018 iaedp™ Symposium, will reveal the high prevalence of sleep disorders and malnutrition among those with eating disorders and their subsequent increase in suicide risk as well as explore the tragedy of neglect and paucity of research on the high rates of suicide in eating disorder patients.

Presenter James Greenblatt, MD, a dually certified adult and child psychiatrist, will show the benefits of nutritional supplementation to enhance treatment outcomes and will point out the critical importance of early identification of eating disorder signs and prevention strategies since eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of all psychiatric disorders.

According to Dr. Greenblatt, despite the severity and pervasiveness of eating disorders, sleep pattern imbalances are common, yet often overlooked. Among those who suffer from eating disorder, a growing number of research studies have demonstrated nutritional deficiencies, such as tryptophan, zinc and magnesium, associated with sleep disturbances.

Dr. Greenblatt plans to explore genetic, biological and psychosocial models to increase understanding of suicide in eating disorder patients as well as present a comprehensive model that includes evidence-based research on the multifactorial risk factors for suicide and eating disorders.

Currently, Dr. Greenblatt is the Medical Director of Eating Disorder Services at Walden Behavioral Care in Waltham, MA. He also is the founder and medical director of a private integrative psychiatric practice, Comprehensive Psychiatric Resources, Inc. and serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor at Tufts Medical School. His books, Answers to Anorexia and The Breakthrough Depression Solution, reflect his many years of experience and expertise in integrative medicine.

This year’s iaedp™ Symposium is slated for March 22 – 25 at the Omni at ChampionsGate in Orlando, Florida. For information about how to register for the 2018 iaedp™ Symposium, go to iaedp.com

About the iaedp™ Foundation: 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. The Presidents Council provides support to the organization and includes: Center for Change; Eating Recovery Center; Center for Hope of the Sierras; Laureate Eating Disorders Program; La Ventana Treatment Programs; McCallum Place Eating Disorder Centers; Monte Nido & Affiliates; Pine Grove Women's Center; Remuda Ranch at the Meadows; Rogers Behavioral Health; Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders; Selah House; The Renfrew Center; Timberline Knolls; and Veritas Collaborative.            

The iaedp™ Foundation proudly announces the supporting sponsors for the 2018 iaedp™ Symposium:
Silver and Event Sponsor: Avalon Hills
Bronze Sponsor: Breathe Life Healing Centers
Bronze Sponsor: Montecatini Eating Disorder Treatment Centers
Bronze Sponsor: Fairwinds Treatment Center
Bronze Sponsor: Pine Grove’s Women’s Center

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