Hundreds of thousands of patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) attend the Accident and Emergency departments every year, although more than 80% of them sustain a minor head injury. Because of the recent medical advancements more and more patients with TBI are surviving for a longer period. TBI is a major public health concern, and many people develop long-lasting physical and neuropsychiatric consequences following a TBI. Despite the emphasis on physical rehabilitation, it is the emotional, cognitive and behavioural consequences that have a greater impact on people with TBI and their families. Aggression, apathy and agitation are common psychological and behavioural sequelae of TBI. Many psychiatrists treat these conditions without having had any background training in this specific area. Therefore, it is important to highlight these problems within the clinical setting along with treatment options to psychiatrists to help improve their clinical practice. In the proposed session we will present the common neuropsychiatric problems including psychiatric and behavioural problems, their underlying neural mechanisms including the association between post-TBI behavioural changes and brain white matter abnormalities, and treatment options including both pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions such as CBT for postconcessional symptoms and repetitive rTMS and TDC for depression and other symptoms.
Chair: Professor Rafey Faruqui, University of Kent
Neuropsychiatric sequelae of traumatic brain injury (TBI) - Professor Shoumitro (Shoumi) Deb, Imperial College London
Neural substrate of neuropsychiatric manifestation of TBI - Dr Lucia Li, Imperial College London
Treatment of neuropsychiatric symptoms of traumatic brain injury (TBI) -Dr Niruj Agrawal, St. George's University Hospital, London
Higher Trainees/SAS Doctors: £18
Core Trainees/Subsided*/Retired/Medical Students/FY Doctors: £12