“Recovery is always possible.”

Members of the Center for Eating Disorders at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, including several clinical researchers from the New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University Medical Center, were joined by colleagues from Mount Sinai Hospital and Harvard Medical School for a teaching day on the assessment and treatment of feeding and eating disorders at the 2016 annual meeting of the American Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Evelyn Attia also spoke about the relationship between feeding and eating disorders and other mental disorders, the essential principles of treatment (at any level of care), and the possibility of recovery for all, in this video from New York-Presbyterian Hospital’s APA video:


Topics covered in the daylong teaching event for professionals included:

  • Diagnosis of DSM-5 feeding and eating disorders
  • Psychopharmacological (i.e., medication) treatments of feeding and eating disorders
  • Psychological (i.e., psychotherapy) treatments for eating disorders
  • The treatment of feeding and eating disorders in children and adolescents
  • Eating disorders, obesity, and bariatric surgery
  • Feeding and eating disorders in men
  • Cultural considerations in the presentation and treatment of feeding and eating disorders

Photo Credit (Cover Image): Creative Commons by pexels (Ramdas Ware)

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