Session 4: Mood and Behavior
Location: VND 2289A Evaluation link for afternoon sessions: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/June22_PM Moderator: Dr. Jessica Deslauriers Mental Health and MS: comorbidities, diagnostic disclosure, and current treatments - Dr. Meghan Beier (Johns Hopkins) (30 min) Description: This presentation aims to educate healthcare providers on the prevalence of comorbid mental health conditions among MS patients and the current diagnostic and treatment options available. It will explore the ways in which these conditions can impact treatment outcomes, importance of early screening, and challenges for disclosing symptoms. Healthcare providers will be given strategies for screening, and an overview of current non-pharmacologic behavioral interventions treatment options will be presented. The overall objective is to increase awareness and understanding amongst healthcare providers and highlight the importance of a multi-disciplinary team in providing holistic care for MS patients with comorbid mental health conditions. Considerations for mental health in preclinical and clinical work: a translational overview - Dr. Jessica Deslauriers (30 min) The talk will cover approaches to evaluate mental health in patients with MS, as well as preclinical approaches to determine stress and psychological effects of MS. After the talk, the audience will have an overview on how to consider psychiatric comorbidities in a context of MS in both humans and rodents.