ISNR Webinar: TBI and its Relationship to PTSD
Presented by: Mark L. Gordon, MD
When: Friday, November 17, 2023 at 12:00noon Eastern time
One CE credit is available for purchase when attending the webinar in its entirety.
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Traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are two distinct yet often misunderstood conditions that can result from experiencing a traumatic event.
TBI is an injury to the brain that can occur when the head is hit, jolted, or penetrated by an object, causing physical damage to the brain. In contrast, PTSD is a mental health disorder which can develop after experiencing or witnessing an emotionally-charged traumatic event, such as a natural disaster, combat, or sexual assault. While both conditions can result from a trauma, they differ in their symptoms, causes, and treatments. TBI can cause physical symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, and loss of consciousness, as well as cognitive and emotional symptoms such as memory problems, depression, and anxiety. PTSD can have common symptoms like in TBI, as well as specific symptoms such as intrusive thoughts like in OCD, nightmares, hyperarousal with paranoia, and avoidance behaviors. It’s important to note that TBI and PTSD can co-exist in some individuals, and the symptoms can overlap, making it difficult to diagnose and treat based upon symptoms alone. However, understanding the differences between TBI and PTSD is crucial in providing the appropriate assessment, treatment, and support for individuals who have experienced a traumatic event.