Complexities and Challenges of PTSD and TBI: Symptoms, Diagnosis, Comorbidities and Therapeutic Stra

Venue: Hilton San Francisco

Location: San Francisco, California, United States

Event Date/Time: Sep 25, 2009 End Date/Time: Sep 26, 2009
Registration Date: Sep 24, 2009
Early Registration Date: Aug 24, 2009
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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a serious disorder that clinicians must be familiar with given the return of many combat veterans to normal civilian and social environments. Many return with not only physical wounds of war like traumatic brain injury (TBI), but mental wounds that may not be immediately evident – which highlights the need for effective screening techniques. Depression, anxiety, insomnia and other comorbid illnesses are highly prevalent in patients with PTSD. A RAND Corporation study released in April 2008 found that 300,000 individuals—18.5% of US service members who have returned from Afghanistan and Iraq—report current symptoms of PTSD and/or depression. Rates of PTSD and major depression were highest among Army soldiers and Marines, and among service members who were no longer on active duty.

The combination of comorbid metal illnesses, sometimes concurrent with physical wounds and TBI, leads to several unfortunate and progressively worsening situations for veterans who return to the community. These situations include unstable family life, divorce, inability to gain or hold employment, impaired social relationships, suicidal behavior, violence and aggression, substance abuse, crime and more.

This program educates clinicians on the latest treatment strategies for returning veterans who suffer from PTSD and TBI. It focuses on effective screening and diagnosis, as well as psychotherapeutic, psychosocial, and pharmacologic interventions for a variety of disorders and behaviors, including suicidality, depression, insomnia anxiety and more.


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