Anxiety and Eating Disorders: How Research and Evidence-based Treatments Improve Outcomes

Anxiety disorders and eating disorders share a number of common features including obsessive thought patterns (related to weight, food, or fears), compulsive behavioral patterns, and high levels of perfectionism and rigidity.  Anxiety disorders, a category that includes panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, PTSD, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder and phobias, are common affecting about 1 in 8 children and over 40 million adults. Comorbidity of anxiety and eating disorders is high. This session will focus on three areas, research, treatment and resources. Dr. Daniel Pine, NIMH will highlight recent scientific breakthroughs about anxiety disorders and how this information should inform practice. Dr. Mary E. Salcedo, Ross Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, Washington DC, will review evidence-based treatments including cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxiety and eating disorders and illustrate through case examples the effectiveness of these interventions. Alies Muskin, Executive Director of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America will highlight resources available for therapists, patients and their families.