Course Summary

Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa carry a high lifetime mortality rate and generally involve serious comorbidities, such as substance use disorder. These eating disorders are very difficult to treat with a common incidence of relapse. Medical complications of anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa affect essentially every organ system and behavioral disorders and suicidal ideation are relatively common. Current research studies and treatment goals for recovery from an eating disorder are reviewed.

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Course Syllabus

  • I.       Introduction
  • II.      Epidemiology
  • III.     DSM:5 Diagnostic Criteria
    • 1.        Bulimia Nervosa
  • IV.     Etiology: Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa
    • 1.        Anorexia Nervosa
    • 2.        Bulimia Nervosa
  • V.      Psychological and Medical Outcomes
    • 1.        Anorexia Nervosa: Physical Symptoms and Complications
    • 2.        Bulimia Nervosa: Physical Symptoms and Complications
  • VI.     Psychiatric Comorbidities, Substance Use and Suicide
  • VII.    Treatment
    • 1.        Coping Strategies
    • 2.        Denial
    • 3.        Environment
    • 4.        Isolation
    • 5.        Medical Complications
    • 6.        Psychiatric
    • 7.        Nutritional Rehabilitation
    • 8.        Refeeding Syndrome
    • 9.        Pharmacology
    • 10.      Psychotherapy
    • 11.      Physiological, Psychosocial and Behavioral Interventions
  • VIII.    Case Study: Anorexia Nervosa
  • IX.      Summary


Noah H. Carpenter, MD

Dr. Noah Carpenter is a Thoracic and Peripheral Vascular Surgeon. He completed his Bachelor of Science in chemistry and medical school and training at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Carpenter completed surgical residency and fellowship at the University of Edmonton and Affiliated Hospitals in Edmonton, Alberta, and an additional Adult Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery fellowship at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He has specialized in microsurgical techniques, vascular endoscopy, laser and laparoscopic surgery in Brandon, Manitoba and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and in Colorado, Texas, and California. Dr. Carpenter has an Honorary Doctorate of Law from the University of Calgary, and was appointed a Citizen Ambassador to China, and has served as a member of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada, the Canadian College of Health Service Executives, the Science Institute of the Northwest Territories, Canada Science Council, and the International Society of Endovascular Surgeons, among others. He has been an inspiration to youth, motivating them to understand the importance of achieving higher education.

Jennifer McAnally, DNP, PMHNP-BC

Jennifer McAnally holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and specializes in the field of family psychiatry. She has worked in child and adult mental health and substance use treatment settings for over 10 years. She worked previously in academic research settings and as the medical device division manager of a biomedical firm and tissue bank. She has also worked in regulatory oversight of Medicaid programs at the state level. Jennifer’s earlier degrees include a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Microbiology with emphasis on whole-genome bioinformatics, both from Montana State University. Jennifer is a passionate activist in the field of mental health services, and is dedicated as a mother of two children, to family and to her community in Montana.

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