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Medication Use and the Complexities of Shared Care in the Treatment of DID: Opportunities and Pitfalls

About the Course:

Psychotropic medications are widely used in the treatment of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), yet the literature to guide their use is almost nonexistent. The prescriber faces the challenge of distinguishing whether particular symptoms, such as dramatic mood shifts or auditory hallucinations, represent switches within the alter system, as opposed to co-occurring biological disorders such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. The task is even further complicated when the prescriber serves as medical backup to a primary therapist, who may be more or less knowledgeable about DID than the prescriber. Additionally, the prescriber’s engagement with the alter personalities may exert complex pressures on the treatment frame.

In this workshop, we review the literature on medication use for DID; examine the difficult differential diagnostic issues as well as the at times perplexing medication responses encountered with DID; and explore a variety of pitfalls (as well as opportunities) which can arise in the shared care situation. The presenters share a host of clinical examples to illustrate each of the above issues. The workshop is especially recommended for prescribers in their first few years of treating DID. Non-MD’s who want to be able to keep a watchful eye on their psychiatric colleagues may also be interested.

Publication Date:

April 2019

Course Material Authors

Anthony Tranguch, MD, PhD

Anthony Tranguch MD PhD is a psychiatrist with two decades of experience in the clinical treatment of DID, PTSD, Addictions, and most psychiatric disorders. He is in private practice in Manhattan, and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University, New York Presbyterian Hospital, and New York State Psychiatric Institute. In addition to meds and traditional psychotherapy approaches, he integrates a variety of alternative methods, including EMDR, hypnosis, NLP, EFT, Reiki, Sensorimotor & SE, IFS & Ego States, CES, and LENS Neurofeedback.

Brad Foote, MD

Brad Foote, MD, is a psychiatrist at Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx NY, with many years of treating, researching, and teaching about dissociative disorders.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge. This content is at an advanced level.

Course Objectives:

  1. Name commonly used medication interventions for Dissociative Identity Disorder.

  2. Explain several difficult diagnostic issues which influence medication strategies.

  3. Identify several common pitfalls encountered when sharing care of the Dissociative Disorder patient.

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Course Number 102789
1.5 credit hour
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