Brains, Bones, and Groans: The Medical Complications of Eating Disorders


On Friday, January 17th our Medical Director Dr. Joel Jahraus, MD, FAED, CEDS and Founder / Executive Director Dr. Wendy Oliver-Pyatt, MD, FAED, CEDS will be presenting on “Eating Disorder Treatment: Doing What Works,” an educational event co-sponsored with the Atlanta Center for Eating Disorders (ACE).

Through this medically-based talk, participants will learn effective nuts-and-bolts practice techniques for managing resistance, sustaining motivation for complete and sustainable recovery, and working with parents and families in restarting a stalled healing process; identify psychiatric illnesses frequently overlooked and/or undertreated in patients with eating disorders; gain knowledge of the application of self-psychology as a foundation for understanding the psychodynamics in treatment-resistant eating disorders; describe three functions of exposure therapy in eating disorder treatment; and understand the multisystem impact of eating disorders, the interface of medical complications and eating disorder symptoms, and how to address them with basic treatment protocols.

Dr. Jahraus notes, “No other primary mental health issues cross the line between mental health and medical as eating disorders do. Every organ system in the body can be adversely impacted by an eating disorder, some changes being reversible and some not.” Joel’s presentation will delve deeper into “The Medical Complications of Eating Disorders,” and Dr. Oliver-Pyatt will discuss “Navigating the Undercurrent: Multimodal Treatment of the Resistant Eating Disordered Patient.”

Do not miss these presentations, along with a discussion of “The Clinician’s Toolkit: Seasoned Therapists Share Their Favorite Techniques,” presented by Linda Buchanan, PhD; Rick Kilmer, PhD; and the ACE Staff. RSVP by January 13th to Colleen Stephens. Villa Christina Restaurant at Perimeter Summit, 400 Summit Boulevard, Atlanta, Georgia.