Dr. Alan Hakim talks to attendees of the Ehlers-Danlos Society conference in Edinburgh, UK

Our first conference in Edinburgh, Scotland explored the mind-body connection in the Ehlers-Danlos syndromes and hypermobility spectrum disorders.

Renowned speakers from the UK shared their clinical experience and considered the literature on psychosocial wellbeing, highlighting the importance of a holistic approach in supporting individuals with EDS and HSD. Individuals with EDS and HSD, family, and carers, shared their experiences of living with these conditions, and the benefits and hurdles of using these tools.

The following presentations were given:

  • EDS, HSD, and Psychological Health – what do the studies tell us? Dr. Alan Hakim
  • Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – What is it and could it affect me? Dr. Chad Shepherd
  • ADHD, EDS, and HSD – James Kustow
  • No brain, No gain – Dr. Helen Cohen
  • Dealing with a Family Diagnosis – Jess Bowen
  • Supporting Children and Teenagers – Tania Tirraro
  • Community Voices – Coping with a new ‘Norm’ – Natasha Silverman
  • Medication for anxiety and depression – Dr. Alan Hakim
  • Mindfulness- the importance for hypermobile individuals – Philip Bull
  • Embodying mindfulness through the Alexander Technique – Julia Woodman
  • Talking Therapies – Psychological approaches to supporting people with complex and chronic conditions – Dr. Chad Shepherd


Please remember that these presentations are provided for your personal, educational use. The presentations and materials remain the intellectual property of the presenters, and all rights are reserved to them.

EDS, HSD, and Psychological Health: What Do the Studies Tell Us?

Dr. Alan Hakim

Trauma and PTSD: What Is It and Could It Affect Me

Dr. Chad Shepherd


Dr. James Kustow

Dealing With a Family Diagnosis

Jess Bowen, MSc, BSc

Supporting Children and Teenagers

Tania Tirraro

Community Voices: Coping with a New “Norm”

Natasha Silverman

Medication for Anxiety and Depression

Dr. Alan Hakim

Mindfulness…The Importance for Hypermobile Individuals

Philip Bull, FRCP

Embodying Mindfulness Through the Alexander Technique

Julia Woodman BSc, PhD, MSTAT


Talking Therapies — Psychological Approaches to Supporting People with Complex and Chronic Conditions

Dr. Chad Shepherd

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