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Neuroscience and Brain Imaging of Trauma-related Mental Disorders

Neuroscience and Brain Imaging of Trauma-related Mental Disorders

By J. Douglas Bremner, MD

1.5 CE's

The past decade has seen an explosion in the application of neuroimaging sciences to abuse-related posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other trauma-related psychiatric disorders. In particular, neuroimaging, including PET and MRI technologies, has been useful in mapping out the neural circuitry of trauma-related disorders. Brain images have also been used to show that hippocampal volume and memory deficits have reversed following antidepressant treatment in PTSD. This intermediate course presented by J. Douglas Bremner, MD is intended for practicing clinicians.

Learning Objectives

  1. Summarize key brain imaging research findings in PTSD and trauma-related disorders.
  2. Describe a case in which the practical application of brain imaging has been used to benefit clients.
  3. Describe how the hippocampus, prefrontal cortex and amaygdala are affected in cases of PTSD.
  4. Describe how the above brain regions can be physically changed as a result of treatment.
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