Acclaimed Researcher-Author Featured at 32st Annual iaedp™ Symposium

Best-selling author, Norman Doidge, MD, FRCPC, says that individuals who suffer with eating disorders can develop more life-affirming goals that make eating disorder behaviors less necessary or attractive to them, so they can grow out of a reliance on them and mature psychologically at the same time. Dr. Doidge will share this and more when he delivers the opening address for the 2018 iaedp™ Symposium, “The Brain That Changes Itself and Eating Disorders.”

The 2018 iaedp™ Symposium is scheduled for March 22-25 at the Omni at ChampionsGate in Orlando, Florida. Early registration information can be found at

Dr. Doidge, a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, essayist and poet, is on faculty at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and the Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research at Columbia University. He also is a Training and Supervising Analyst at the Toronto Institute of Psychoanalysis. His book, The Brain that Changes Itself, was chosen by the Dana Brain Foundation USA’s journal, Cerebrum, from among the 30,000 other general books written on the brain.

In his book, Dr. Doidge discusses that while eating disorder behaviors and attitudes may be rigid, this does not mean that the brains of patients with eating disorders are rigid or lack plasticity; the illness is in part a product of how they use their plasticity, which is a product of their development.

Dr. Doidge also will address approaches to the common developmental inhibitions, conflicts and psychodynamics, self-fragmentation, trauma, hopelessness, borderline personality organization and pathological defenses in the therapy of eating disorder patients.

“Dr. Doidge is internationally acclaimed for his research on how the brain heals. This is a message of hope for the millions of people affected by emotional challenges,” says Bonnie Harken, Managing Director of iaedp™. “Understanding the brain’s ability to heal is an important stimulus in the fight against the stigma that surrounds those suffering with emotional disorders. He is best known for his contributions to understanding the brain and new approaches to it. We are very excited to have Dr. Doidge as part of the keynote faculty of Symposium 2018!”

Dr. Doidge is scheduled to speak on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 2 pm.

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