Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Among United States Service Members: The Perfect Diagnostic and Treatment Storm

Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Among United States Service Members: The Perfect Diagnostic and Treatment Storm

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 1:30 pm CST to 3:30 pm CST


This presentation will highlight some of the research in traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among US Service Members and Veterans. Over the past 15 years, more than 330,000 Service Members have sustained a TBI during training, theater operations, and elsewhere. The vast majority (~80%) are considered mild TBI and most recover quickly from their injury. However, there are a number of complicating factors and comorbid conditions that require consideration. One important comorbid condition frequently observed in this population (~20% of those who served) is PTSD. Though it is true that these two condition present with similar symptoms, being diagnosed with both can complicate recovery and may require special treatment approaches and/or strategies. The purpose of this presentation is to discuss the unique and overlapping symptom presentation of these diagnoses, to discuss current efforts to dissociate between these diagnoses, as well as discuss common treatment strategies and approaches. This will allow us to focus on the diagnostic and treatment challenges that face clinical personnel working with this unique patient population.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe common symptoms associated with traumatic brain injury/concussion.
  • Describe common symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • Discuss the prior research regarding these disorders.
  • Discuss common treatment strategies commonly used to treat these disorders.
  • Identify treatment challenges associated with treating these disorders.





Dr. David Tate is a clinical neuropsychologist trained at Brigham Young University and Brown Medical School. He is heavily involved in medical imaging research used to examine a number of developmental, clinical, and medical disorders including traumatic brain injury and HIV. Dr. Tate has held faculty appointments at Brown University, Boston University, Harvard Medical School, and University of Texas Health Science Center. Dr. Tate has an active funded research program that explores the biological and cognitive benefits of cognitive rehabilitation treatments for service members with a traumatic brain injury. He also supports the Neuroimaging Core for the Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium (CENC) which is a multicenter DoD/VA funded collaborative effort to study the long-term effects of mild traumatic brain injury among US service members and veterans. In addition, he has begun working with researchers examining the imaging and cognitive effects high altitude flying has on pilots working in decompressed environments.


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The University of Missouri, Missouri Institute of Mental Health will be responsible for this program and will maintain a record of your continuing education credits earned. MIMH will award 2 clock hour or 2.4 contact hours (.2 CEU) for this program. MIMH credit will fulfill Clinical Social Work and Psychologist licensure requirements in the State of Missouri. Attendees with licensure from other states are responsible for seeking appropriate continuing education credit, from their respective boards for completing this program.

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