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Nostalgia, Homesickness, Soldier's Heart, Battlefield Neurosis, Neurasthenia, Railway Spine, Combat Fatigue, Shell Shock: there are many names by which previous generations referred to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). However, the condition that has roots stretching back centuries and was widely known during ancient times didn’t come into public consciousness until the 1980s, when the American Psychiatric Association added the condition to its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

Today, PTSD is increasingly common and as many as 8% of Americans will experience symptoms at some point in their lives. And while the condition has been described throughout recorded history, it is only in the past few decades that reliable treatments have emerged.

This is due in part to an increased understanding of how the brain learns which, combined with knowledge of the brain circuitry of emotion, provides clues as to how PTSD forms and effective ways to treat the condition.

In this seminar, Dr. Alik Widge will provide a brief overview of the history of the diagnosis and share what is known about new approaches to treatment, including new therapies that are being researched and pioneered at the University of Minnesota.

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Alik Widge, MD, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota, where he directs the Translational NeuroEngineering Lab. His research focuses on brain stimulation for severe and treatment-resistant mental illness. He designs new approaches to modifying the brain's electrical activity and studies how this leads to problems such as emotional dysregulation, drug addiction, and obsessive-compulsive behavior. Widge is the recipient of many awards, including a 2018 Young Investigator Award from Sage Bionetworks and a 2019 NIMH Biobehavioral Research Award for Innovative New Scientists.

           Offered in cooperation with the Department of Psychiatry, MnDRIVE
             Brain Conditions, and the Medical Discovery Team on Addiction.

Cancellations are subject to a 10 percent processing fee if received five or fewer working days before the program start. Refunds are not granted if you cancel on or after the first day of the program. Notice may be emailed to ccapsreg@umn.edu.

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PTSD: History and Treatment
4:00PM to 6:00PM
Nov 09, 2020
Twin Cities
Continuing Education & Conference Center
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Course fee non-credit $55.00
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Number of Meetings:           One (11/9/20)

Course Location:                 Continuing Education and Conference Center

Phone: 612-625-2900
Email: ccapsreg@umn.edu
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