N5 - Neuroscience in the Clinic: Stress and Neurologic Diseases: What Is It, and What Is The Provider To Do?

Event Time: Wednesday April 26, 2017 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Topic(s): Aging, Dementia, Cognitive, and Behavioral Neurology, General Neurology, Movement Disorders
Director(s): Riley Bove MD, Thomas Neylan
Description: Stress is everywhere in modern life. Stressors - acute and chronic, emotional, physical or social - influence our brain from birth until the end of life. Much is known about the effects of stress on brain programming during development, and about the adverse effects of chronic stress on neurological health and disease. However, there are major gaps in our understanding of what exactly stress does to brain functions. This knowledge is a prerequisite to devising interventions and therapies. This session will present clinical cases, demonstrating stress-related exacerbation of a broad range of neurologic conditions. It will continue with a state-of the art discussion of the mechanisms by which the diverse stresses that patients and clinicians encounter affect cognitive and emotional brain functions throughout life. A variety of clinically relevant strategies to mitigate and hopefully prevent the profound negative effects stress has on the brain will be highlighted.
Completion Message: Participants should be able to recognize clinical manifestations of stress in patients with or withoutneurologic diseases; identify types of stressors (including modern life stress), and how to define and measure them; understand how stress influences brain functions; and comprehend the multiple modalities and approaches available to reduce stress.
CME Credits: 2
Core Competencies: Interpersonal and Communication Skills, Medical Knowledge, Patient Care, Professionalism

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