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Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is usually associated with violent traumatic events, such as war, criminal assaults or huge natural disasters. However, research indicates that sudden and dramatic health-related events, such as heart attacks, may also trigger PTSD, not only in the affected persons, but also in their caregivers. Professor Noa Vilchinsky from Bar-Ilan University in Israel will present new research findings related to cardiac-disease-induced PTSD.

The lecture will be delivered in English. Free admission.

October 3
15:00
Wrocław

Cardiac-disease-induced- PTSD: The state of the art and the missing parts

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a severe emotional reaction to a concrete stressor such as an atrocity perpetrated by human beings or a natural disaster. In recent years much scientific attention has been devoted to exploring the possibility that illnesses might also be regarded as causes of PTSD. However, much debate still exists in the field with regard to the distinctive ways in which PTSD of these origins might manifest itself among both patients and their caregivers. In her lecture, Professor Vilchinsky will suggest that cardiac–disease-induced PTSD (CDI-PTSD) is indeed a valid diagnostic entity; that it effects both patients and caregivers; and that dyadic dynamics among couples are critical for understanding CDI-PTSD emergence and stability overtime. She will start by presenting a thorough literature review of CDI-PTSD, integrating the existing knowledge regarding CDI-PTSD’s prevalence, risk factors, and psychological and physiological consequences. Next, she will show results of qualitative and quantitative studies that have investigated CDI-PTSD among patients coping with cardiac illness and their spouses, highlighting the dyadic processes affecting the emergence and consequences of patients' and spouses’ CDI-PTSD. The intention is for the lecture to broaden our understanding of the unique manifestations of PTSD resulting from health crises. Ultimately, the hope is that this kind of comprehensive understanding will be translated into effective interventions for both patients and caregivers.

Marsh

 

 

Speaker

Noa Vilchinsky, Ph.D. – Noa is a Senior lecturer and the head of the Psycho-cardiology Research Lab Department of Psychology, Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel. She is also a certified rehabilitation psychologist, who worked many years with individuals and families coping with cardiac illnesses. Her main fields of research are psycho-cardiology, cardiac induced PTSD, dyadic coping with chronic illness, caregiving in the context of illness and the importance of being treated with dignity in the medical setting. Dr. Vilchinsky serves as an associate and consultant editor for the journals: Frontier in Psychology, Rehabilitation Psychology and Applied Psychology, Health and Wellbeing. Dr. Vilchinsky is currently a principal investigator in a EU funded consortium (Horizon 20/20 Marie Sklodowska Curie ITN) focusing on developing novel solutions for caregivers.

 

There has been a lot of research done on PTSD, however, cardiac-disease-induced PTSD is a new area of study. We are very glad to host Professor Noa Vilchinsky from Bar-Ilan University and learn more about this new focus of research on trauma-related conditions.

Professor Aleksandra Łuszczyńska,  Head of  CARE-Beh Research Center

Date and Location

Thursday, October 3, 2019, at 15.00, room 126
Ostrowskiego 30b, 53-238, Wrocław, Poland

Contact

Professor Aleksandra Łuszyńska
E-mail: aluszczynska@swps.edu.pl

 
 
 

 

 

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