June 12th-16th

Institute for Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice, Washington, DC

Overview of Functional Medicine Testing for Mental Health

Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice (AFMCP) equips healthcare practitioners with the tools they need to implement Functional Medicine and provides clinical insights and cutting-edge research that demonstrate improved outcomes for patients with chronic diseases.

June 20th-25th

American Association of Nurse Practitioners Conference, Philadelphia, PA

Effective Clinical Strategies in the Treatment of Adolescent Depression

In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the rate of suicide in the U.S. has increased steadily during the past three decades, particularly among young adults. Despite the devastating, and at times, fatal consequences of depression, there is an increasing body of literature questioning the efficacy of antidepressant treatment even after the addition of second and third antidepressant trials. This presentation will explore the genetic, social, and environmental factors precipitating adolescent depression. Practical, evidence-based interventions to enhance the efficacy and minimize the side effects of antidepressant medications will be described. Common nutritional deficiencies and its relationship on mental health status will also be discussed in detail. Following the presentation, participants will be able to describe the clinical utility of an integrative approach to support adolescents and their families suffering from depression.

Pharmacological Treatment of Eating Disorders

Anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder are three diagnoses used to describe a complex pattern of disordered eating in many women and men throughout the world. A review of nearly fifty years of research demonstrated that anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any mental health disorder, yet there are no pharmacological interventions that have been shown to be consistently effective. Adding to the frustration, patients may achieve progress through treatment, but frequently relapse into periods of starvation and other harmful behaviors, producing devastating health complications. There is an urgent need for primary care providers and prescribers to appropriately assess and identify early signs of disordered eating behavior in order to interrupt the development of an eating disorder. This presentation will focus on emerging epigenetic insights into the etiology of eating disorders, evaluate current management strategies, and offer new evidence-based therapeutic and nutritional interventions to provide options for recovery and models for prevention.

September 28th-31st

Integrative Medicine for Mental Health Annual Conference, Orange County, CA

Integrative Medicine for Eating Disorders, Depression and ADHD

This conference will give practitioners a whole body approach to successfully diagnose and treat underlying issues contributing to the manifestations of neurological, social, and behavioral disorders. Research has revealed that many disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, OCD, eating disorders, and autism spectrum disorders often have biomedical causes that contribute to symptoms, from nutritional deficiencies to chronic infections. Patients have better outcomes when these causes are addressed and treated through a combination of specialized testing and nutritional therapies, even in combination with traditional approaches.

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