Psychoanalytic Grand Rounds at Stanford: Less is More: Improving Treatment Outcome in Traumatized Youth by Reducing Medication

2014 – 2015 Psychoanalytic Grand Rounds at Stanford

Title: Less is More: Improving Treatment Outcome in Traumatized Youth by Reducing Medication
Date: Friday, October 31, 2014
Time: 12:15pm - 01:30pm
Presenter: Edmund C. Levin, MD
Chair: Jeffrey Yost, MFT
Location: Stanford's Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Building, Room 1211
401 Quarry Road
Stanford, CA 94304
Program Fee: Free
CME/CE: 1.25 CME/CE Credits available for $ 12.50 or $ 15.00

 

In recent years the task of psychiatrists serving youth in residential programs has largely shifted to rendering diagnostic evaluations and prescribing medications. Children in residential facilities are often misdiagnosed and treated with high doses of multiple medications drawn from several different classes of psychopharmaceuticals. The more accurate diagnosis for many of these children, Developmental Trauma Disorder (DTD), reconceptualizes the treatment approach and leads to substantial clinical benefit. Initiating treatment through application of milieu and dynamic psychotherapy and the tapering of medication very likely will encounter the challenges of staff resistance and the need to modify the agency’s institutional culture.

The number of children receiving medication, the amount and number of medications used, and the number of aggressive incident reports fell dramatically over a 2-year period. Regarding mood and conduct disorders as manifestations of past trauma, rather than as biochemical imbalances, is the dominant focus of an analytically-informed treatment of DTD.

Edmund C. Levin, MD, a graduate of the adult and child programs at LPPI, is in the practice of general and child and adolescent psychiatry in Berkeley.  He works there with patients of all ages and provides consultation to colleagues of all disciplines.

A Life Fellow in the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and a Distinguished Life Fellow in the American Psychiatric Association, he has long been interested in the impact of trauma on child development.  He sees his concern with trauma as having become increasingly significant in the past 15 years, as our field has experienced an explosion of “biologic” diagnoses, such as Pediatric Bipolar Disorder often with comorbid ADHD.  He believes that this in turn has led to our seeing patients in an overly narrow way, which results all too often in the over use of medications.

He has spoken locally, nationally and internationally and writes frequently on the hazards of over diagnosing and over medicating patients and how that has led medical and non-medical clinicians alike to overlook the significance of environmental, developmental and psychodynamic factors in the treatment of youth.


Course Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  1. explain why trauma is so relatively under diagnosed while “biologic” psychiatric disorders tend to be overdiagnosed and over-medicated.
  2. describe life long consequences of Developmental Trauma Disorder and Adverse Childhood Experiences.
  3. explain the need for an extensive evaluation before coming to a working diagnosis and developing a treatment plan.
  4. explain the need for and describe the ways to change institutional culture of an agency if one is to successfully decrease the over-use of medication for patients.

 

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Faculty Disclosure: The following moderators and planning committee members have disclosed NO financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with commercial companies who have provided products or services, relating presentation(s) or commercial support for this continuing medical education activity: Jeffrey Yost, MFT and Edmund C. Levin, MD. All conflicts of interest have been resolved in accordance with the ACCME Updated Standards for Commercial Support.

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