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Beyond Resilience: Trench-Tested Tools to Tackle Provider Burnout
Daniel E Diamond, MD

Professional burnout and mental health vulnerability are significant concerns affecting providers-in-training and practicing clinicians. Professional burnout can impact providers' health and quality of life, the quality of care they provide, and their productivity and workforce participation. In this engaging presentation, expert Dr. Dan Diamond shares his passion to equip providers with trench-tested tools to overcome burnout and renew their passion for medicine.

CME credits: 1.25

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Assessment and Management of Chronic Neuropathic Pain
Thomas L Schwartz, MD

Neuropathic pain can be very disabling and is associated with significant psychological and social consequences, which contribute to a reduction in quality of life. Neuropathic pain is a medical challenge as it is poorly responsive to peripheral anti-inflammatory or centrally acting analgesics, such as opioids. In this presentation, Dr. Thomas Schwartz will describe the mechanism and clinical utility of evidence-based treatment strategies available to treat this complex condition.

CME credit: 0.75

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Clinical Update on Migraine Management
Thomas L Schwartz, MD

Migraine headache is the most common type of headache presented by patients that seek medical treatment. There have been recent advances in migraine management with respect to pharmacotherapeutic options. In this presentation, Dr. Schwartz will discuss the clinical presentation and diagnosis of migraine headaches, describe evidence-based treatment and prevention strategies for the individualized patient, and provide a primer on novel potential therapies on the horizon.

CME credit: 0.50

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Marijuana: Therapeutic Option for Chronic Pain? And Treatment of Opioid Dependence
William M Sauvé, MD

In this presentation, Dr. William Sauvé discusses the widespread role of the endocannabinoid system, the potential effects—both positive and negative—of exogenous cannabinoids on the body and brain, and the state of the evidence regarding their therapeutic potential in the treatment of chronic pain. Prescription drug abuse is higher in the United States than anywhere in the world. When it comes to recognizing and managing prescription drug abuse for patients, knowing the most current and effective treatment options available today can have a significant impact on recovery. Dr. Sauvé discusses currently effective tools for assessing risk of misuse and abuse in patients prescribed opioid medications for chronic pain, and provides the most cutting-edge research on current treatment options for prescription opioid dependence.

CME credit: 1.00

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Sleep and Circadian Rhythm Disorders
Thomas L Schwartz, MD

In the past decade, our understanding of the molecular and biological processes that underlie sleep and wake states has increased exponentially. Given the importance of sleep to general wellness, treating sleep/wake disorders in which adequate sleep is lacking is critical. In this presentation, Dr. Thomas Schwartz will review the evidence-based guidance for the accurate diagnosis and optimal treatment of sleep/wake disorders.

CME credits: 1.25

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Eating Disorders
Stephen M Stahl, MD, PhD

Eating disorders are complex systemic diseases that are often comorbid with other medical and psychiatric disorders. Although more extensive research is needed, there has been significant progress in understanding these disorders, and in particular in reconceptualizing binge eating as a disorder of impulsivity and compulsivity. In this presentation, Dr. Stephen Stahl will provide an overview of the latest neuropathological and clinical research on eating disorders.

CME credits: 1.25

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Eat, Sleep, Ouch: Q&A Panel
William M Sauvé, MD; Thomas L Schwartz, MD; Stephen M Stahl, MD, PhD

Healthcare professionals on the front lines of patient care want actionable advice on managing clinical complaints such as headaches, fatigue, chronic pain, sleep disturbances, eating disorders, and metabolic issues. In this presentation, Drs. William Sauvé, Thomas Schwartz, and Stephen Stahl focus on key issues and provide practice pearls for improving patient outcomes. This question and answer session will go in-depth with answering clinically challenging questions, while offering expert perspectives on the quality and clinical relevance of evolving evidence that should be considered in making decisions about treatment selection and use. The content for this activity is based on questions and comments from participants at a recent educational symposium on this topic.

CME credit: 0.75

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So You Think It's Depression? Making a Differential Diagnosis
Stephen M Stahl, MD, PhD

This session is part of a half-day series, "So you think it’s major depression", which outlines methods to accurately identify, monitor and treat patients who present with symptoms of depression across a range of disorders. In this particular presentation, Dr. Stephen M. Stahl discusses strategies for making accurate diagnoses in patients presenting with symptoms of depression.

CME credits: 1.25

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Make No "Mixtake": Treatment Strategies For Mixed Depression
Stephen M Stahl, MD, PhD

This session is part of a half-day series, "So you think it’s major depression", which outlines methods to accurately identify, monitor and treat patients who present with symptoms of depression across a range of disorders. In this particular presentation, Dr. Stephen M. Stahl discusses strategies for optimizing treatment strategies for major depressive episodes with mixed features based on recently published diagnostic and treatment guidelines.

CME credit: 0.75

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It's Not Funny: Optimizing Care for Patients with Pseudobulbar Affect
William M Sauvé, MD

This session is part of a half-day series, "So you think it’s major depression", which outlines methods to accurately identify, monitor and treat patients who present with symptoms of depression across a range of disorders. In this particular presentation, Dr. William Sauvé discusses the neurobiological basis hypothesized to underlie pseudobulbar affect as well as available treatments for the care of patients with pseudobulbar affect.

CME credit: 0.75

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Depression Dilemma: How to Deliver Great Care Despite Your Demanding Schedule
Daniel E Diamond, MD

This session is part of a half-day series, “So you think it’s major depression”, which outlines methods to accurately identify, monitor and treat patients who present with symptoms of depression across a range of disorders. In this particular presentation, Dr. Daniel Diamond discusses the screening instruments that may be useful for patients presenting with symptoms of depression as well as strategies for improving the care of patients with depression.

CME credit: 0.75

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Movement Disorders: Akathisia, Tardive Dyskinesia
Andrew J Cutler, MD

Akathisia is a common side effect of psychotropic medications, yet it is often both difficult for patients to describe and difficult for clinicians to diagnose and treat. Tardive dyskinesia (TD) is also a concern for patients treated with antipsychotics; symptoms may wax and wane across time, contributing to the clinical challenge of accurately diagnosing TD. In this presentation, Dr. Andrew Cutler will address some of the confusion surrounding the differential diagnosis and treatment of akathisia as well as the evidence-based management of tardive dyskinesia.

CME credit: 1.00

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America's Got Side Effects: Sexual Dysfunction
Andrew J Cutler, MD

Many psychotropic agents, particularly those that influence serotonin, can cause sexual dysfunction. In this presentation, Dr. Andrew Cutler will discuss the relative risks of sexual dysfunction with different agents and strategies to address this common and troubling side effect.

CME credit: 0.25

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America's Got Side Effects: Metabolic Dysregulation
Mary D Moller, DNP, PhD, ARNP, PMHCNS

In this presentation, Dr. Mary Moller will provide an update on the risks for weight gain and metabolic effects with different psychotropic agents, as well as the potential for ameliorating these troubling side effects.

CME credit: 1.00

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America's Got Side Effects: Rash, Cardiac Safety, and Discontinuation Syndromes
Mary D Moller, DNP, PhD, ARNP, PMHCNS

Adequate management of side effects is essential in order to improve adherence and maximize the chances of successful treatment. In this presentation, Dr. Mary Moller will discuss the risks and management for troubling side effects of psychotropic drugs, including rash, cardiac safety, and discontinuation syndromes.

CME credit: 1.00

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America's Got Side Effects: Q&A Panel
Andrew J Cutler, MD; Daniel E Diamond, MD; Mary D Moller, DNP, PhD, ARNP, PMHCNS

In this presentation, Drs. Andrew Cutler, Mary Moller, and Dan Diamond focus on key issues and provide practice pearls for improving both patient and clinician outcomes. This question and answer session will go in-depth with answering clinically challenging questions, while offering expert perspectives on the quality and clinical relevance of evolving evidence that should be considered in making decisions about treatment selection and use. The content for this activity is based on questions and comments from participants at a recent educational symposium.

CME credit: 0.50

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Wayward Minds: Cognition in Psychiatry
Roger S McIntyre, FRCPC, MD

Cognitive deficits are common in psychiatric disorders, and multiple domains are usually affected. While the importance of cognitive deficits to treatment outcome is recognized, there are still unmet needs in terms of treatment and assessment. In this particular presentation, Dr. Roger McIntyre discusses the current best practices for the screening, assessment and measurement of cognitive symptoms of depression.

CME credit: 0.75

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Wayward Minds: Developments on Early Detection and Treatment of Dementia
Stephen M Stahl, MD, PhD

Growing consensus is that early detection and treatment of dementia, including AD, provides the best chance for improving patient outcomes, thus it is essential that patients with dementia be accurately identified and initiated on treatment early in the course of illness. In this presentation, Dr. Stephen Stahl delivers the most current information on recent advancements in our understanding of the neurobiology and etiology of various types of dementia, tools to manage differential diagnosis, and information on how to recognize comorbid conditions in patients with dementia.

CME credit: 0.75

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Wayward Minds: ADHD and Cognition
David W Goodman, MD

Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common childhood-onset psychiatric disorders. Executive dysfunction a commonly reported cognitive impairment associated with ADHD. For this reason, accurate identification and assessment of cognitive impairment, especially executive function in patients with ADHD is critical for appropriate management of ADHD. In this presentation, Dr. David Goodman discusses the role of executive dysfunction in ADHD, and the most effective pharmacological and nonpharmacological treatments for cognitive impairments in patients with ADHD.

CME credits: 1.25

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Lightning Round: The Golden Years with the Aging Patient
William M Sauvé, MD

In the aging population, mental health problems range from anxiety and depression to cognitive impairment and substance abuse. Due to coexisting physical conditions, differential diagnosis is challenging in this population. The lack of mental health professionals trained for the treatment of geriatric patients increases the risk for inaccurate diagnosis and ineffective treatment. In this engaging presentation, Dr. William Sauvé offers the current status on the impact of mental health disorders in the elderly, and the most effective current options for geriatric-specific treatment for these disorders.

CME credits: 1.25

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Wayward Minds: Q&A Panel
David W Goodman, MD; William M Sauvé, MD

In this presentation, Drs. William Sauvé and David Goodman focus on key issues and provide practice pearls for improving both patient and clinician outcomes. This question and answer session will go in-depth with answering clinically challenging questions, while offering expert perspectives on the quality and clinical relevance of evolving evidence that should be considered in making decisions about treatment selection and use. The content for this activity is based on questions and comments from participants at a recent educational symposium.



CME credit: 0.50

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