GAD and Substance Abuse

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Dr. Susan Sonne, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacy at the Medical University of South Carolina

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Substance use disorders commonly co-occur with anxiety disorders. Diagnosing anxiety disorders in the face of active substance use and withdrawal can be very challenging due to the significant symptom overlap. This symptom overlap often leads to delayed or inadequate treatment. When treating individuals with generalized anxiety disorder and a substance use disorder, benzodiazepines should be avoided. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) or serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors are FDA-approved to treat GAD and are fairly safe in substance users. Other non-FDA approved medications will also be discussed. During this webinar, attendees will learn: -What symptoms of anxiety overlap with substance use and withdrawal - How to diagnose anxiety disorders in the face of substance use -Why substance abuse and anxiety disorders co-occur so frequently -How to treat individuals with anxiety disorders and comorbid substance abuse Dr. Susan Sonne is active in research and teaching as Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacy at the Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Clinical Neuroscience Division. Blackwell Futura Media Services designates this educational activity for 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Blackwell Futura Media Services is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DETAILS at:

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