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Hospital hosts post-traumatic stress disorder panel discussion

Hinsdale – Adventist Institute for Behavioral Medicine will host a panel discussion on Post-traumatic stress disorder as it applies to war vets and local communities. This free event will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. May 28 at The Community House, 415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale.

 Speakers for this event include Dr. Akram Razzouk, chairman of Adventist Hinsdale Hospital’s psychiatry department and medical director of mental health services at the hospital, will present information from his recently published article, “Charting a New Course Home for U.S. Soldiers Returning from Iraq: PTSD and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury – Implications and Solutions.”

“Exposure to bullets, shrapnel and exploding bombs in the trenches of Iraq can result in mild traumatic brain injury, a neurological disorder that is often coupled with psychological disorders such as Post-traumatic stress disorder,” said Razzouk. “I intend to raise awareness in the medical community about the need for appropriate diagnoses and adequate treatment for veterans.”

Dr. Richard Ready, addictionologist and medical director of the New Day Center, will speak about the issues of addiction and PTSD.

“The approach we take on behavioral health is a sound strategy,” said Ready. “By pooling resources and programming, we are able to offer treatment options and services that can help vets tackle addictions and PTSD.”

Cathryn Puskarich, PhD, clinical psychologist with Salt Creek Therapy Group, and Rita Bobrowski, PhD, coordinator of human services at College of DuPage, will speak about various ways to treat veterans. Adventist Institute for Behavioral Medicine opened earlier this year as a regional center of excellence in mental health care.

With locations at multiple hospitals and satellite facilities, the Institute is the largest non-profit behavioral health program in the Chicago suburbs. It serves adolescents, adults and senior citizens who are experiencing emotional, physical, behavioral or addiction disorders.

For more information, or to register for this free event, call 630-856-7525