Women's Mental Health
The growing awareness of the prevalence of traumatic experiences and sequelae has led health care providers to consider and implement strategies for universal approaches to support these patients in all settings. CL psychiatrists are often faced with questions about patients with complex behaviors and symptoms, and it is the CL Psychiatrist who is uniquely poised to bridge the gap between the psychological impacts of trauma and the challenges of health care delivery. As we learn more about the different types of trauma, it is clear that implementation of trauma informed care is a critical aspect of CL Psychiatry and will continue to be in the future. In obstetric settings, a history of trauma can impact every aspect of perinatal care.
In this session, participants will: 1) gain knowledge about the impact of trauma among perinatal women and 2) learn the basic principles of Trauma Informed Care and strategies for implementation in the medical setting, with a focus on collaboration with women’s health providers.
Dr. Nafisa Reza will provide an overview of the definitions, epidemiology and impact of trauma and adverse childhood events (ACEs) with a focus on women. She will also introduce the literature on screening for trauma in the general medical setting.
Dr. Leena Mittal will present the key components of Trauma Informed Care (TIC) with a unique focus on the role of the CL Psychiatrist in the implementation of TIC in perinatal settings.
Dr. Jyoti Sachdeva’s talk will focus on various aspects of trauma in the perinatal setting, including the effect of traumatic stress on pregnancy, birth outcomes, maternal caregiving behavior and perinatal depression. She will also discuss risk factors for development of perinatal PTSD and how TIC has the potential to improve maternal and infant health.
Dr. Neeta Shenai will review the epidemiology of opioid use disorders and trauma, including available data on adverse childhood events (ACEs), epigenetics of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She will review treatment approaches available for CL psychiatrists treating this specialized population.