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Austin, TX 78704
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Eating Recovery Center
3805 Edwards Rd
4th floor check-in
Cincinnati, OH

Eating disorders (EDs) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are debilitating conditions that co-occur frequently. While a significant number of women and men struggling with eating disorders report a history of trauma, research suggests that it is PTSD, not the trauma itself, that best predicts the development of the illness, particularly bulimia nervosa and other eating disorders characterized by bulimic symptoms (e.g., binge eating and purging). Data indicate that 37-45% of adults with bulimia nervosa and 22-26% of those with binge eating disorder have a lifetime prevalence of PTSD—compared to 5-12% without an eating disorder. The purpose of this workshop is to address risk factors, etiology, assessment, and evidence-based treatment approaches for PTSD and eating disorders. To that end, clinical psychologist, Dr. Ashley Solomon, will discuss the most up-to-date research as well as clinical implications, including the use of sequential versus concurrent treatment approaches for the co-morbid conditions. Author Jenni Schaefer, a recovered patient with a history of ED and PTSD, will share her story of seeking professional help, an experience that encompasses misdiagnosis, uninformed treatment methods, and, ultimately, the importance of evidence-based approaches as well as alternative interventions. Combining research and clinical perspectives with a patient’s experience, this workshop uniquely addresses the critical issues involved in recognizing and treating individuals with both PTSD and EDs.

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May 23, 20178:00 amWhat You Need to Know About Trauma, PTSD, and Eating Disorders: Personal and Professional Perspectives

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