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Mild TBI Diagnosis and Management Strategies

Combat Exposure, PTSD, and Head Injuries Differentially Relate to Alterations in Cortical Thickness in Military Veterans


by Ashley Clausen, PhD
Seminar date: 3/17/2020

Description: Military personnel serving since the onset of OEF may be subjected to multiple deployments, increasing exposure to combat trauma, and risk of combat-related disorders. Additionally, nearly 20% of service members sustain a head injury during deployment. Understanding how these experiences impact the brain is critical to understand acute and chronic effects of combat experiences. This presentation will provide an overview of studies examining effects of combat exposure, combat-related psychiatric disorders including posttraumatic stress disorder and depression, as well as head injuries may have on cortical thickness. Intended Audience: Clinicians and researchers with a foundational or working knowledge related to the effects of combat on mental and neural health.



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