The Priory Hospital Glasgow’s Medical Director, Dr Alex Yellowlees, will be speaking at a Self Harm and Eating Disorders conference in Glasgow this week.
The conference has been organised by Medica CPD, a dynamic and experienced event company specialising in developing and delivering health related conferences, training courses and masterclasses for health care professionals.
Dr Yellowlees says: “It is important that we keep educating professionals in the care and delivery of eating disorder treatment in Scotland. Eating disorders often occur as a result of deeper emotional and psychological problems, whereby controlling food intake through overeating or under eating is used as a coping mechanism for feelings such as stress, anxiety, depression, sadness, anger or other difficult emotions. However, social factors are also hugely influential in the causes of eating disorders.
“Eating disorders are complex conditions and often require a number of different professionals working together to treat them. The health consequences of an ongoing eating disorder can be severe and sometimes fatal. The sooner an eating disorder diagnosis is made, the sooner treatment can begin and the greater the chances of a successful recovery.
“It can be difficult for anyone to acknowledge that they have an eating disorder but professional help should always be sought as soon as possible. Anorexia needs specialist help to treat both the psychological causes and its physical effects.”
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