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Dr. James Greenblatt, Chief Medical Officer & VP, Medical Service

As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. James M. Greenblatt provides medical management, leadership and oversight of Walden’s eating disorder programs. Working with thousands of children, adolescents and adults, Dr. Greenblatt found that each individual has a unique biochemical profile, range of behaviors and treatment needs.

Dr. Greenblatt is board-certified in child and adult psychiatry. He received his medical degree and completed his adult psychiatry residency at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School. In addition, Dr. Greenblatt is a clinical faculty member in the psychiatry department at Tufts Medical School. He lectures extensively throughout the United States and Canada on integrative therapies for mental health.

He is the author of several books, including: “Answers to Anorexia,” which draws on his many years of experience and expertise in integrative medicine and treating eating disorders, “The Breakthrough Depression Solution,” which outlines a personalized nine-step method for beating the physical causes of depression; “Answers to Binge Eating,” which confronts a mistaken understanding of why people struggle with weight management and introduces biological solutions for rebalancing appetite and eating patterns; and “FINALLY FOCUSED,” which helps parents understand and eliminate the risk factors around their child’s ADHD symptoms.

Books By Dr. James Greenblatt

Finally Focused


ADHD – a disorder affecting 7 million American children and 8 million adults – is not a “behavior” or “discipline” problem, but a medical disorder in which nutritional, neurological, genetic and other factors imbalance the brain, causing imbalanced behavior. To restore balance, every person with ADHD requires unique natural and medical treatments.

FINALLY FOCUSED provides those treatments. Each chapter is organized as a step-by-step healing plan, in which Greenblatt first helps parents understand the factors underlying their child’s ADHD symptoms – and then shows them how to eliminate those factors, one by one. (Adults with ADHD can do the same on their own.) If medication is necessary, the Plus-Minus Healing Plan can minimize or even eliminate side effects.

Answers To Appetite Control

Answers To Binge Eating

In Answers to Binge Eating, respected psychiatrist and eating disorder expert Dr. James Greenblatt explains how appetite is controlled by the brain’s neurochemical systems, which rely on specific proteins for optimal functioning.

The New Hope model described in this book combines the best in traditional and complementary approaches for recovery from appetite disturbances, food addiction, and binge eating. While dieting providers a temporary fix, this book will offer a permanent solution based on scientific research to help you reclaim a healthy appetite with food.

Following the New Hope model, you will find your answers to appetite control and get off the roller-coaster ride of food addiction.

The Breakthrough Depression Solution

The Breakthrough Depression Solution

The Breakthrough Depression Solution offers patients and their families’ new hope for sustained recovery from depression.

Depression, a disabling illness that threatens to become the major cause of disability worldwide by the year 2020, is surprisingly common, affecting over 15 million individuals in the United States alone. But the statistics regarding recovery are dismal. Standard treatment for depression successfully eliminates symptoms in only 33% of patients, and in roughly 70% of those with depression, it recurs.

In The Breakthrough Depression Solution, Dr. Greenblatt offers a new approach to this devastating and debilitating illness grounded in personalized medicine. The fundamental premise of this approach focuses on medicine tailored to each individual. Just as personality and appearance is unique, so are the factors that contribute to depression. Focusing on personalized medicine, Dr. Greenblatt concentrates on nutrition, genetics, stress, and when needed, technology to ensure that medications and treatment are targeted towards individual biochemistry. By identifying and addressing all the factors that contribute to depression, depression can be successfully treated!

Answers to Anorexia

Answers to Anorexia

Answers to Anorexia offers patients and families new hope for the successful treatment of this serious, frustrating, and enigmatic illness. It proposes the first new treatment plan for anorexia in fifty years.

Anorexia is a medical illness of starvation that causes malnutrition in the body and the brain. This self-starvation disease affects approximately 1-5% of young women in the U.S., (and is increasingly common among middle-aged women as well as men).

While psychiatry treats major psychiatric illness with medications – not one drug is FDA-approved to treat anorexia! Antidepressants are commonly prescribed, but have been proven ineffective for treating anorexia. Answers to Anorexia addresses the challenge of successful treatment by providing an integrative medicine approach to this devastating illness.

Answers to Anorexia offers readers highly accessible information that may be helpful as either self-help or as an adjunct to professional treatment. It provides a holistic treatment plan involving an integrative medicine approach for men and women with anorexia. The treatment plan centers on restorative nutrition and precise medication for the many symptoms and illnesses that often accompany this life-threatening disease such as depression and anxiety. To be successful, Dr. Greenblatt explains, treatment needs to correct the physical damage and brain dysfunction of malnutrition.

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