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Monday, September 18 • 10:45am - 12:00pm
Examining the Risks and Benefits from Benzodiazepines

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Benzodiazepines are some of the America’s most widely used medications, and they undeniably have helped a large number of patients. However, recent data shows that they harm a previously unknown, large number of patients. Risks include physical dependence, addiction, withdrawal seizures, memory problems, dementia risk elevation, and falls. A new black box warning regarding co-administration of these drugs is now part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration directive to us clinicians. Despite clear reasons for concern, these drugs are also necessary and effective in multiple acute and chronic settings. The goal of this session is to offer state-of-the-art information on the risk–benefit profile of these medications and offer clear, practical advice to clinicians in order to minimize harm and maximize benefits.

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Saundra Jain, MA, PsyD, LPC

Psych Congress Steering Committee Member; Private Practice, Austin, Texas; Adjunct Clinical Affiliate, School of Nursing, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas | | Saundra Jain, MA, PsyD, LPC, provides workshops to healthcare practitioners, organizations, businesses, and individuals interested in learning more about the power of wellness. In 1992, Dr. Jain launched a private practice of psychotherapy, where she currently provides services for a wide range of mental health issues. | | Dr. Jain is very active in the area of peer-to-peer education, especially in the disease states of depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, and ADHD. Another strong clinical and educational interest involves differential diagnosis of major psychiatric disorders. She is the co-creator and co-presenter of a novel and extremely well-received interactive workshop/program addressing the challenges of dealing with psychiatric comorbidities through the use of psychiatric scales and screeners. This program reached a national audience, and according to many attendees changed the way they practice medicine. Dr. Jain has been instrumental in developing several other innovative tools/programs to fill current gaps in this area. She is the co-creator and co-presenter featured on an interactive DVD titled Differentiating Bipolar Depression from Unipolar Depression. Recently, Dr. Jain served as the co-host... Read More →
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Rakesh Jain, MD, MPH

Psych Congress Co-Chair; Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry,Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, School of Medicine, Midland, Texas | | Rakesh Jain, MD, MPH, attended medical school at the University of Calcutta in India and attended graduate school at the University of... Read More →

Monday September 18, 2017 10:45am - 12:00pm
Hall E-3 The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Boulevard New Orleans, LA 70130