October 20, 2015
Clinicians and patients are increasingly bombarded with “neuroscience,” including how brain scans may be used to diagnose people with psychiatric problems and how commercial products may help improve brain function. This session will include three main topics and case-based examples:
- an understanding , in plain English, of the brain science basis for common and impairing child psychiatric disorders such as bipolar disorder, ADHD, and suicide
- how these changes inform novel non-medication treatment development now, right here in Rhode Island
- a discussion of future applications toward improved diagnosis
By attending, participants will (a) have a better grasp of the brain changes associated with psychiatric disorders; (b) understand the scans and techniques used to identify these changes; (c) be able to use this knowledge when they talk to patients about a diagnosis or treatments, and (d) understand how brain-based treatments are already being tested in Rhode Island.
What Were They Thinking? Brain Changes in Children with Serious Psychiatric Problems and How This Work Can Improve Our Ability to Diagnose and Treat These Children