Assessment & Adherence
PTSD, Trauma and Abuse
Substance Use Disorder
Disaster Mental Health Principles and Practice 2018
Saturday, October 27
9:15 AM - 10:30 AM
Richard Weisler, MD
Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry
Duke University and UNC Chapel Hill Medical Centers
Duke University and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Pamela Tucker, MD
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Disasters are events that cause severe local damage, which usually can be managed locally. Catastrophes such as wars, economic collapse, and extreme natural events such as tsunamis, large magnitude earthquakes and very strong hurricanes are characterized by a national or regional destructive impact that requires enormous assistance. Catastrophes alter landscapes as well as lifescapes and cause long-term disruption to social order, great economic losses, and can change the psyche of a state or nation. Studies done after 9/11, after the tsunamis in the Indian Ocean and off Japan, and post Hurricane Katrina point to a serious incidence of stress disorders, depression, anxiety, and PTSD along with increased substance abuse that would strain not only a normal system of health care, but heavily impact a disrupted system of health care. This panel will discuss how to deal with the stresses that a suddenly relocated population and health providers face, the latest on the diagnosis and management of post-disaster depression, anxiety, PTSD, screening for suicidality, and finally tackling the problem of post-disaster substance abuse with an emphasis on opiate abuse.
The findings and conclusions in this presentation have not been formally disseminated by [the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry] and should not be construed to represent any agency determination or policy.