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Mild TBI Diagnosis and Management Strategies

Management TBI Rehab/Co Occurring Mental Health Issues: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Suicide, Depression, Substance Use Disorders, and Pain Disorders

by Lisa Brenner, PhD, ABPP ; Alison Cernich, PhD ; Jennifer Vasterling, PhD
Seminar date: 11/13/2012

Description: This seminar will provide an overview of common co-occurring disorders that present rehabilitation challenges for individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Background information, as well as, evidence based assessment and treatment strategies will be provided for: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, suicide, depression, substance use disorders, and pain disorders. The Traumatic Brain Injury, Pain, and Substance Use Disorders portion will focus on the comorbidities of pain and substance use disorders, beginning with a discussion of epidemiology of the disorders in the TBI population. Implications of these co-occurring disorders for rehabilitation professionals will be discussed. The PTSD and TBI segment will cover a) the epidemiology of co-morbid PTSD and TBI in military service members and veterans and b) an overview of issues relevant to clinical management of the co-morbidity including assessment and treatment.

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