Are the technological addictions really bone fide mental disorders or just an exaggeration of everyday social and personal ailments of the 21st century? The spectrum of illness that encompasses the technological addictions feels like a slippery slope that starts with discrete and legitimate medical conditions and tumbles all the way down to capricious (and occasionally fraudulent) medicalization of everyday life. In this session, we emphasize the latest scientific literature on this emerging field of medicine. We will focus on the following seven technological addictions: 1. Video and Computer Games 2. Cybersex and Online Porn 3. Internet Gambling 4. Texting and Emailing 5. Internet Surfing and Information Overload 6. Social Media 7. Online Auctions and Shopping Please note that any data, indications, and guidelines presented in this activity are current as of the recording/release on July 23, 2020, and they are subject to change as new information is published.
Sleep and Its Role in Health: How to Differentiate the Myths From the Facts (Recorded at Pri-Med Midwest)
Common sleep myths pervade both the community and the medical world. In this session, the faculty will address the science behind them and present methods to manage these situations preemptively. The talk will cover several common sleep-related complaints that present to primary care: insomnia, daytime sleepiness, and sleep apnea. You will also walk away with information about more unusual conditions—such as restless leg syndrome and excessive sleepiness—and how to use questionnaires to diagnose them.
In this very personal presentation, Chris will share his brutally honest journey to recovery. From growing up in Fall River, MA to playing Division 1 basketball and in the NBA, he will take the audience on his journey from addiction to sobriety. In long term recovery since 2008, Chris will inspire the audience to start the conversation on wellness and educate patients on the disease of addiction. Additionally, he will address the themes of gateway drugs, prescription drug use, vaping and the responsibility of prevention starting with us all. It is his hope that strength will be found in the struggle and communities will come TOGETHER to address the issue of substance use disorder, advocate for effective treatment and embrace the power of recovery. Please note that any data, indications, and guidelines presented in this activity are current as of the recording/release on February 7, 2020 and they are subject to change as new information is published.
Experts in psychiatry and psychology have long believed that our personalities are essentially set from early childhood and remain consistent throughout life. However, new compelling evidence indicates that we can change our personalities - either on our own, with the help of a therapist, or a combination of the two - and meaningful personality change can be achieved as quickly as 30 days. The ability of someone to change their personality can have an impact on their lives. Numerous studies indicate that personality traits influence our relationships, career success, health outcomes, and even life expectancy. This presentation will review scientific evidence and practical strategies on how personality can change and impact outcomes.
This session will review best practices for counseling patients with an unintended pregnancy. With practical examples of patient-centered counseling techniques, the faculty will present approaches to counseling an ambivalent patient. You will learn to provide evidence-based answers to both common and challenging questions about parenting, adoption, and abortion. After this lecture, you will have unbiased referral resources for information and support on all pregnancy options to share with your patients.
Trauma-Informed Primary Care: Fostering Resilience in Our Patients and Ourselves (Recorded at Pri-Med Southwest)
Many patients seen in primary care settings have experienced gender-based violence, such as intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. National guidelines recommend screening women of reproductive age for intimate partner violence, yet health professionals often find it challenging to identify and then address the healthcare needs of violence survivors. This case-based discussion will describe the prevalence and health consequences of gender-based violence. You will learn best practice strategies for providing trauma-informed care in your own clinical practice.
In this informative session, the speaker will help clinicians build better understandings with their patients and discuss how to make the office a more welcoming environment. Participants will walk away with culturally-informed and -sensitive approaches to counseling and an enhanced comprehension of the unique mental health problems faced by the LGBTQ population.
In this inspirational talk, Travis Mills will offer his perspective on overcoming trauma as a U.S. Army Veteran and quadriplegic. He will provide a unique voice on PTSD and trauma in order to help clinicians better understand the experience of a patient and improve their own interactions with patients who have experienced trauma. With a lens towards resiliency, Travis will highlight effective communication skills and will provide clinicians with tools and resources to help patients who have undergone trauma navigate their new normal and receive better care. Please note that any data, indications, and guidelines presented in this activity are current as of the recording/release on 2/8/2020 and they are subject to change as new information is published.
Interpersonal Violence: The Role of Primary Care Clinicians in Stopping the Violence (Recorded at Pri-Med South)
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “It is not the violence of the few that scares me. But the silence of the many.” This important session will talk about strategies for screening and diagnosis of interpersonal/domestic violence. You will learn patient-centered approaches to treatment, management, and intervention that will help you help patients experiencing violence. Please note that any data, indications, and guidelines presented in this activity are current as of the recording/release on February 9, 2020, and they are subject to change as new information is published. This online activity is approved by the Florida Board of Nursing for APRNs, for 1 hour on Domestic Violence (approved as of 2/11/20). This activity meets the criteria of the Florida Board of Medicine; approval is not required. CE Broker Provider #50-27480, Activity #20-688609
This podcast will provide an update on autism spectrum disorder (ASD) including surveillance and screening, clinical signs, evaluation, diagnosis, and management.
In this presentation, Dr. Vollmer will discuss how COVID-19 has created a mental health crisis. This mental health crisis consists of mourning our bygone lives, adjusting to new fears and anxieties along with severe constrictions on our leisure time. The audience member will learn to make a mental health diagnosis during COVID-19 in both children and adults. The participant will also learn to work with previously vulnerable psychiatric patients during COVID-19. Additionally, in this presentation, Dr. Vollmer will take a look at healthcare provider mental health during COVID-19, and the resulting crisis to providers. The last two sections of the presentation will be a discussion of the shift to on-line mental health interventions and at-home tools for mental health that can be used for both providers and patients. Please note that any data, indications, and guidelines presented in this activity are current as of the recording/release on 07/23/2020, and they are subject to change as new information is published.
This session will discuss anxiety during COVID-19. The faculty will review how to diagnose an anxiety disorder and when (and how) to intervene with both behavioral and pharmacologic treatment recommendations. Please note that any data, indications, and guidelines presented in this activity are current as of the recording/release on 9/11/2020, and they are subject to change as new information is published.