Contact Hours: 6

Instructor: Dr. Dawn-Elise Snipes

Based on:

Pharmacological Treatment of PTSD and Comorbid Disorders by Dr. Matt Freedman, Executive Director of the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) of the US Department of Veterans Affairs. 

Clinician's Guide to Medications for PTSD by Matt Jeffreys.

Pharmacotherapy for posttraumatic stress disorder: Review with clinical applications. Matthew Jeffreys, Mattherw Friedman, Bruce Capehart. Volume 49, Number 5, 2012 Pages 703-716 The Role of Benzodiazepines in the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Nancy C. Bernardy, Ph.D. PTSD Research Quarterly VOLUME 23/NO. 4 2013

  • Learn which medications (SSRIs, Benzodiazepines, Mood Stabilizers, Anticholinergics, Alpha-Blockers etc.) target which symptoms
  • Review the neurochemicals responsible for the stress response and dysfunction in PTSD
  • Learn about the hypothylamic--pituitary-adrenal (HPA) system, its components, function in the stress response system and problems caused by trauma.
  • Examine the effect of co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders on the pharmacotherapy of PTSD
  • Define the 4-step process for introducing pharmacotherapy in PTSD
  • Review the effectiveness of and uses for benzodiazepines in the treatment of PTSD

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