It can be very challenging to differentiate borderline personality disorder (BPD), bipolar disorder, dissociative identity disorder (DID), and psychotic disorders (especially schizophrenia) due to similar appearing symptoms. For example, the mood lability seen in BPD, bipolar disorder, and DID can lead to confusion about which is the accurate diagnosis. Hearing voices and seeing visual images is common in DID and psychotic disorders and can lead to misdiagnosis if clinicians do not know the differences that distinguish hallucinations among these disorders. Because the treatment for these disorders is so different, accurately differentiating and diagnosing clients is essential.
Furthermore, women with trauma-related symptoms are at risk for being misdiagnosed and sometimes even being treated dismissively if clinicians are not informed about the impact and symptoms associated with trauma. In this recording, Dr. Brand will present research-based methods of distinguishing these disorders including providing brief overviews of differences in etiology, psychological testing, and reported symptoms. Clinicians will learn to make differential diagnoses of these disorders more confidently so they can be better prepared to treat patients according to best practices.
This online program is worth 1.25 hours CPD.
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Bethany Brand, PhD, is a Psychology Professor and the Director of the Clinical Focus program at Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Dr. Brand specializes in the assessment and treatment of trauma-related disorders. She has over 30 years of clinical and research experience, including training at Johns Hopkins Hospital, George Washington University Hospital, and at Sheppard Pratt Health System’s Trauma Disorders program. Dr. Brand has been honored with numerous research, teaching and clinical awards and served on several national task forces that developed guidelines for the assessment and treatment of trauma-related disorders.
Dr. Brand has over 100 published papers focusing on treatment of dissociative individuals (i.e., the TOP DD studies); assessment methods for distinguishing dissociative disorders from other textbooks’ coverage of trauma, among other topics. She has delivered clinical and research presentations around the world. In addition to assessing and treating patients, Dr. Brand serves as a forensic expert in trauma-related cases including state, federal and capital (i.e., death penalty) cases. Her two books on the treatment of dissociative individuals (Finding Solid Ground) will be published in 2022 and her book on the assessment of dissociation will be published in 2023.
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