Non-UAPRN Conference Announcement- Why We Worry: Understanding and Treating Anxiety Disorders
Registration information found at www.IBPCEU.com (Institute for Brain Potential). Cost for seminar if you are pre-registered is $79.00
This new 6-hour program describes the anxiety disorders, common coexisting conditions, such as depression, eating disorders and insomnia and evidence-based treatments. Although anxiety-related disorders often undermine the quality of life, most forms of anxiety can be effectively treated.
Participants completing this program should be able to:
- Describe diagnostic criteria and treatment of panic disorder, phobic disorder, social anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety, mixed anxiety-depression, and posttraumatic stress.
- Develop strategies for managing and preventing recurrent anxiety associated with professional or lifestyle issues.
- Diagnosis: intense fight-or-flight symptoms; triggers.
- Agoraphobia: avoidance of situations and sites associated with panic.
- Treatment: why cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), “in vivo”exposure techniques, or controlled breathing are effective in over 80% of clients.
Social Anxiety Disorder
- Symptoms: embarrassment, shame, and avoidance of social situations; how much of introversion is inherited, how much is a way of coping?
- Treatment: CBT, tailored group therapy, and pharmacotherapy.
- Diagnosis: what initiates a fear of nightmare intensity?
- Treatment: “ in vivo” exposure and CBT for specific phobias.
- Management: helping people overcome phobic disorders in medical, dental, home and school settings.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Origins: what underlies repetitive, ritualistic thoughts and behaviors?
- Common Obsessions: contamination, doubt, body concerns, sexual, aggression.
- Common Compulsions: checking, cleaning, counting, confiding.
- OCD Spectrum Disorders: Tourette’s syndrome, hypochondriasis, skin picking, nail biting, kleptomania, jealousy, gambling and compulsive shopping.
- Treatment: exposure, response prevention, CBT, and pharmacotherapy.
- Management: OCD at home and at work: helpful guidelines.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
- Diagnosis: excessive anxiety of at least 6 months; restlessness, fatigue, irritability and insomnia.
- Treatment: tailored CBT, anxiety-management training, controlled breathing and pharmacotherapy. Mixed Anxiety And Depression
- Diagnosis: the role of low-grade, everyday dysthymic disorders versus psychobiological depression; relation to eating disorders.
- Treatment: effectiveness of CBT; pharmacotherapy; guidelines for pharmacists concerning adverse interactions with other drugs, OTC products and nutrients.
- Sleep: anxiety and depression: how they each affect sleep (falling and staying asleep).
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Primary PTSD: horror frozen in memory in children and adults; diagnosing the aftermath of domestic violence, sexual assault, or combat.
- Symptoms and the Brain: flashbacks, dissociation and shrinkage of the hippocampus; hypervigilance, disturbed sleep and expansion of the amygdala.
- Secondary PTSD: health workers at-risk of experiencing other’s trauma.
- Treatment: cognitive restructuring, EMDR, SSRIs, beta blockers and newer drugs. Is PTSD a lifelong disorder?
Clinical Insights and Tools
- Close Relationships: daily habits of people who maintain close relationships.
- Problem Solving: how to dispute irrational fears using the ABCDE method.
- Social Intelligence: how to reframe issues to resolve conflicts.
- Coping With Adversity and Loss: one door closes, another opens.
- Pathways to Mindfulness: sources of serenity.
- The New Science of Happiness: what happy people know; keys to developing a more resilient, peaceful, and fulfilling life.