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Virtual Grand Rounds: New Thoughts About Anorexia Nervosa and its Treatment

Silver Hill Hospital
Presented by

B. Timothy Walsh, M.D.
Ruane Professor of Psychiatry
Columbia University

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2022
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Live Presentation via Zoom

Anorexia Nervosa is a puzzling disorder. Many individuals who develop it make a complete recovery, physically, psychologically, and behaviorally. Yet others become chronically ill, and may even die. The salient behavioral problem is a simple one: insufficient food intake. Affected individuals are not psychotic, and some have good insight into their illness, but even so find it very difficult to change their eating behavior. These facts, universally acknowledged, challenge our current understanding of Anorexia Nervosa. This talk will briefly review our current knowledge of the diagnosis, complications and treatment of Anorexia Nervosa. It will then describe a new formulation that attempts to explain the persistence of the disorder using recent insights from cognitive neuroscience.

Educational Objectives
As a result of participating in this activity, learners should be able to:
1. Describe the nature of the ‘Maudsley Method’ of treatment for anorexia nervosa
2. Describe the pros and cons of olanzapine treatment for anorexia nervosa
3. Describe how, in terms of cognitive neuroscience, new patterns of behavior are acquired and become persistent
Accreditation Statement: Silver Hill Hospital is accredited by the Massachusetts Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation Statement: Silver Hill Hospital designates these live activities for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ each. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

These programs have been approved for 1.5 Continuing Education Credit Hours by the National Association of Social Workers, CT and meets the continuing education criteria for CT Social Work Licensure renewal. Approval also meets the continuing education criteria for CT LMFTs, LPCs, and licensed psychologists

Disclosure: No one in control of content has indicated a relevant financial relationship with an ACCME defined commercial interest.