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

From Neurobiology to Treatment: PTSD in Refugees and Other Special Civilian Populations
Tuesday, May 17, 2022 12:00 pm
- 1:30 pm ET
CE/CME Credit

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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.

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Presenter(s) Biography

Arash Javanbakht, MD

Arash Javanbakht, MD

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 trauma related disorders. In his clinic, he helps civilians and first responders with PTSD, utilizing pharmacotherapy (medication), psychotherapy, exercise, and lifestyle modification. Several research studies at the STARC examine the impact of exposure to war trauma in refugees, biological and psychological factors of risk and resilience, and art, dance and movement therapies. STARC is also birthplace to cutting edge augmented reality and telemedicine technologies for treatment for anxiety disorders and PTSD. Dr Javanbakht is the author of the book “AFRAID: Understanding the Purpose of Fear, and Harnessing the Power of Anxiety” that covers many aspects of fear and anxiety, including evolution, brain and body, why we love to be scared, how to unlearn fear, fear and bravery, meaning, creativity, diseases of fear and trauma and their cutting-edge treatments, and politics of fear and media 

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