Eating Disorders & Co-Occurring Mental Health Conditions

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Lauren Smolar, MA
Professional
February 8, 2018
- 1:00 pm
Level
Introductory
Category
Anxiety Disorders
Co-occurring Disorders

Eating disorders are serious, life-threatening illnesses that impact millions of people every year in the United States. An eating disorder diagnosis can be challenging enough on its own, but many individuals also have other psychological issues that can accompany the eating disorder.

Mood and anxiety disorders most commonly occur alongside eating disorders, but post-traumatic stress disorder and personality disorders are also common. For instance, two-thirds of people with anorexia also showed signs of an anxiety disorder several years before the start of their eating disorder. Approximately one in four people with an eating disorder has symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Though eating disorders and other mental health issues commonly co-occur, treatment often fails to provide holistic treatment for those struggling. This webinar aimed at exploring the mental health impact of eating disorders and co-occurring conditions, as well as discussing strategies to identify and address them.  

 

Learning Objective

  • Define types of eating disorders and their warning signs and health consequences
  • Recognize common co-occurring conditions
  • Learn strategies to address eating disorders and co-occurring conditions

Learning Level: Introductory

This professional webinar is not eligible for CE.

Presenter(s) Biography

Lauren Smolar, MA

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Ms. Lauren Smolar is the Director of Programs at the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA). She has been with the organization for five years and formerly directed the Helpline Services where she facilitated the addition of a chat function, Facebook support, and growth of the treatment provider database. Lauren continues to work on growing NEDA's programs and services to provide services to individuals struggling with eating disorders who have a variety of additional needs, including co-occurring mental health concerns.

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