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Binge Eating Disorder and ADHD
In our constantly evolving field of work, we are continuously expanding our knowledge and gaining insight into how we can better meet the needs of our patients. This is particularly salient in the evolution of the treatment of Binge Eating Disorder (BED). As the eating disorder field has begun to adopt more inclusive and holistic treatment approaches, such as Health at Every Size (HAES) and Intuitive Eating, the harm associated with prior approaches targeting “obesity” and tainted with weight discrimination has become clearer.
In this presentation, we will explore the recovery process for patients with BED. We will delve into the nuances of symptomology and treatment for patients with co-occurring BED and ADHD. We will explore how the struggles with executive functioning specific to patients with ADHD can be part of a cycle of low self-esteem, learned helplessness, poor self-care, and agitation/angst, that further complicates co-occurring BED. We will learn about how weight stigma, trauma, shame, and social mediators influence the development and maintenance of BED. Additionally, we will learn about how psychology and biology interface to drive BED symptoms. We will also highlight the dangers of weight cycling and diet-focused treatment. We will discuss why utilizing integrated treatment approaches, such as Bio-psycho-social-spiritual and self psychology approaches, is necessary to more thoroughly understand our patients experiences and how they have adapted to life circumstances. Lastly, we will define HAES and mindful eating, and learn how we can implement these approaches into treatment.

Dec 2, 2022 10:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Wendy Oliver-Pyatt, MD, FAED, CEDS (she/her/hers)
Co-Founder, CEO, Chief Medical Officer @Galen Hope
Dr. Wendy Oliver-Pyatt is a world-leading expert on treating eating disorders. With more than 25 years of clinical experience, she has developed four separate treatment programs, all grounded on a strong bio-psycho-social foundation, and incorporating intensive psychotherapy, with behavioral foundations, and high medical standards. Wendy received her specialty training at New York University-Bellevue Hospital in New York City, she has also held faculty positions at New York University, Albert Einstein School of Medicine and University of Nevada School of Medicine. Wendy is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and in both Adult and Addiction Psychiatry. She is the author of two books, most recently Questions and Answers on Binge Eating Disorder, A Guide for Clinicians. She is a Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorders and the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals.
Fiona LaRosa-Waters, BS (she/her/hers)
Director of Business Development & Communications @Galen Hope
Fiona is an experienced outreach professional and speaker/educator who has been working in the field of behavioral health since 2011. Fiona has worked as a counselor in a treatment program for adult women with eating disorders at the residential and PHP levels of care, as an outpatient case-manager, recovery coach, and treatment placement specialist for those with a myriad of behavioral health needs, as a clinical outreach representative and marketing director for programs related to the treatment of eating disorders, substance use, and trauma. Fiona has spent the last decade immersing herself in continuing education related to the treatment of eating disorders and co-occurring diagnoses through a social justice lens, and has presented in a variety of settings on the topics of affirming care for the LGBTQIA community, the intersection of eating disorders and substance use disorders, and on dismantling diet culture.