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Saturday, September 12 • 4:15pm - 5:30pm
See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil: Reconsidering Benzodiazepine Use in an Era of Increasing Concern

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Benzodiazepines continue to prove to be an effective clinical intervention in the management of anxiety disorders and insomnia and are widely utilized in clinical practice. Over the last 2 years, multiple lines of evidence reveal potential adverse outcomes for patients who are taking benzodiazepines, including increased risk of falls and addiction. We clinicians are understandably confused: Do we use benzodiazepines? Do we not use benzodiazepines? What do we do with those patients who are already taking benzodiazepines? The goal of this session is to engage attendees in a much-needed conversation about the risk-benefit ratio of using benzodiazepines. Drs. Saundra and Rakesh Jain will review the pros and cons associated with the use of benzodiazepines, as well as withdrawal/tapering schedules. The roles of nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic interventions in the withdrawal/tapering process will also be presented.

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avatar for Saundra Jain, MA, PsyD, LPC

Saundra Jain, MA, PsyD, LPC

Adjunct Clinical Affiliate, University of Texas at Austin, School of Nursing; Executive Director, Mental Health Aerobics Project, Austin, TexasDr. Saundra Jain is the executive director of the Mental Aerobics Project focused on wellness and the impact of positive psychology on client... Read More →
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Rakesh Jain, MD, MPH

Co-Chair, 2015 U.S. Psychiatric and Mental Health CongressClinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Texas Tech Health Sciences Center School of Medicine,  Midland, TexasDr. Rakesh Jain attended medical school at the University of Calcutta in India and attended graduate school... Read More →

Saturday September 12, 2015 4:15pm - 5:30pm PDT
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