Comorbid Conditions of Eating Disorders


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26 Feb 2021
9:00 AM -12:00 PM


Online via Zoom


C. Laird Birmingham’s presentation will help psychologists recognize and plan treatment of the most common block to recovery in eating disorder patients – comorbid conditions..

The psychologist may be reluctant to treat eating disorder patients because they are both have both medical and psychological illness and the highest mortality rate of any psychiatric illness. However, they are perfectly positioned to recognize and treat comorbid psychological illnesses and see patients in conjunction with a medical doctor.

However, the psychologist must have an understanding of how to separate out the eating disorder from the comorbid illness and the special aspects of treatment of in patients with eating disorders.

Alarms have increasingly sounded within the mental health professions about the number of young adults seemingly becalmed in the transition from dependent adolescence to independent adulthood.

Learning Objectives:

  1. How to distinguish whether symptoms and behaviours are due to comorbid disorders or the eating disorder itself?
  2. Do comorbid disorders prevent recovery?
  3. Are there new non-drug treatments for comorbid eating disorders?
  4. Can you use technology to diagnose comorbid eating disorders?

About the Presenter:

Dr C. Laird Birmingham, MD is a Specialist in Internal Medicine, Epidemiologist and Biostatistician and a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia, where he was previously Professor of Medicine.

He was Head of General Internal Medicine at UBC, Leader of the BC Eating Disorders Epidemiology Project in the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences, and then Medical Director of the Woodstone Residential Treatment Centre for Eating Disorders until December 2013. He is a Member of the Brain Research Centre at UBC. He has more than 40 years of experience in eating disorder and obesity research and treatment and has 280 publications including 131 refereed articles, 23 invited chapters, and 9 books.

Dr. Birmingham’s research has focused on nutrition and the brain, the effect of ambient temperature on weight and activity, and the medical management of eating disorders. He has been using live 3D electrical imaging or the brain to study eating and weight disorders.

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