recorded webinar

From Neurobiology to Treatment: PTSD in Refugees and Other Special Civilian Populations



Arash Javanbakht, MD
From Neurobiology to Treatment: PTSD in Refugees and Other Special Civilian Populations
Tuesday, May 17, 2022 12:00 pm
- 1:30 pm ET
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Despite high prevalence of PTSD, and availability of relatively effective psychopharmacological and psychotherapeutic interventions, a large number of patients who are in psychiatric care, are undiagnosed or do not receive proper care. Furthermore, residency trainings often have minimal focus on diagnostic and therapeutic aspects of trauma and PTSD. This presentation will briefly review clinically relevant aspects of neurobiology of trauma and PTSD (such as cue generalization, context processing, brain and bodily changes). How these aspects can inform more successful therapy, and choice of medications will be explained. The presentation also present diagnostic pearls and discuss treatment of PTSD in diverse civilian populations as well as reviews the evidence-based available and novel treatments for PTSD in civilians and then explore the art of working with these populations. 

This session address treatments that are commonly used, but are not supported by research evidence, or might be harmful. I will discuss challenges specific to diverse groups of traumatized people (refugees, victims of torture and human trafficking, and first responders) and ways of dealing with them, such as stigma, cultural differences, control, diagnostic mistakes, medication side effects, polypharmacy, and resistance to receiving treatment. Patients’ perception of treatment, and non-biological roles of medications (e.g. transitional object) will be discussed also. I will also explain ways of improving adherence to treatment and practical tips on improving patients’ function including lifestyle changes. Real life cases will be presented and discussed with the group for this presentation.

This session was recorded live at the 2022 Annual ADAA Conference in Denver, CO. Please note this session is not available for continuing education credits.

Presenter(s) Biography

Arash Javanbakht, MD

Arash Javanbakht, MD

Member Since 2016

Arash Javanbakht, MD., is the director of the Stress, Trauma, and Anxiety Research Clinic (STARC; at Wayne State University. Dr Javanbakht and his work have been featured on the National Geographic, The Atlantic, CNN, Aljazeera, NPR, Washington Post, Smithsonian, PBS, American Psychiatric Association, Anxiety and Depression Association of America, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and tens of other media. His clinical and research work is mainly focused on anxiety and trauma related disorders, and PTSD. He often helps civilians and first responders with PTSD. His clinic utilizes pharmacotherapy (medication), psychotherapy, exercise, and lifestyle modification to help patients achieve their full capacity for a fulfilling life. Several research studies at the STARC examine the impact of exposure to war trauma in adults and children Syrian and Iraqi refugees, and biological and psychological factors of risk and resilience, and use of art, dance and movement therapies in helping refugee families. STARC also works on utilization of augmented reality and telemedicine for vivo treatment for anxiety disorders and PTSD.

Dr. Javanbakht and ADAA

 “I was introduced to ADAA through my mentor Dr James Abelson, a longtime member, during my residency. The reason was my passion for research and also clinical work in anxiety and trauma.”

“I love the friendly environment and seeing the same nice faces each year. Also, the balanced combination of basic science and clinical research, and clinical expertise. As a clinician researcher, there are not a lot of venues where I could get such exposure to both my clinical and basic science research passions.”

“I love the ADAA annual meetings and look very much forward to them for the above reasons. I have met brilliant researchers and clinicians at the ADAA, and some have turned to great clinical and research collaborators, and good friends. I also check the website and webinars. Also, as I write for the media a lot, ADAA has kindly been sharing my work with those interested.”

“I recently received the news from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development that an R01 application to follow a cohort of traumatized Syrian refugee children in the US and their parents, to examine the illness course, and its epigenetic, autonomic, and environmental correlates. Drs. Tanja Jovanovic, Nicole Nugent, Alicia Smith, and David Rosenberg are the great collaborators on this project. I have also been using augmented reality combined with telemedicine for treatment of phobias with great success in a pilot study of fear of spiders. This data was presented at the ADAA last year in a symposium. We are advancing to fear of dogs and humans. I also often write public education pieces for the media, which can be seen on my lab website, and ADAA generously shares those with the members."

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