"Trauma and the Neuroendocrine Cascade"
Dr. Rick Olcese, PsyD, Neuropsychologist
Friday, Nov. 5, 2021
10:00 am - 1:15 pm
Brain injuries including concussions are common in America. Particularly unfortunate are the vast numbers of children who endure head injuries. It is now understood that a secondary problem arising from a brain injury is neuroendocrine dysfunction. The injury leads to the body’s normal stress response (pituitary and adrenal glands, and cortisol). This sequence is a cascade, or “neuroendocrine rush” and is associated with endocrine deficiencies that can impact cognition, behavior, emotional and physical health. This neurometabolic cascade causes the lesser-known secondary injury from a brain injury.
Individuals who experience this neurometabolic cascade are more likely to develop a cluster of symptoms including headaches, emotional problems including depression and anxiety, cognitive problems often involving memory, attention, concentration, and executive functioning (decision making, processing speed, cognitive organization and flexibility). The pituitary gland itself can also be damaged.
Helping clients who suffer concussion or other types of brain injuries understand this secondary injury, and some of the best self-care practices to mitigate its effects is essential. This includes advocating for appropriate medical care including brain scans, and neuropsychological testing when needed. Teaching injured clients the increased importance of regular sleep, proper nutrition, supplements including health fats to rebuild damaged neurons, meditation (to begin the healing process to the axonal myelin sheath, along with understanding the need for increased rest periods can help empower clients in their own healing processes.
This 3-hour presentation will cover neuroanatomy, the neuroendocrine cascade, how to recognize potential symptoms that indicate further investigation is needed, and best practices after brain injury. Dr. Richard Olcese is a well-known neuropsychologist who gives forensic testimony, and provides neuropsychological examinations. His talk will include plenty of clinical case examples, and time for questions and answers.Learning Objectives
1. Understand the secondary injury of brain injury.
2. Understand the concepts of a neuroendocrine cascade.
3. Understand the possible problems arising from neuroendocrine cascade.
4. Be familiar with symptoms which arise from secondary brain injury.
5. Have an understanding of basic follow up / referrals needed for brain injury.
6. Have an understanding of best self-care practices post-injury.
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About Dr. Rick Olcese
Rick Olcese is licensed as a clinical neuropsychologist in California. Dr. Olcese has developed treatment programs for individuals with neuropsychological difficulties including stroke, minor brain injury, Attention Deficit Disorder and Learning Disabilities. Dr. Olcese was Clinical Director of brain injury rehabilitation at Casa Colina Hospital for Rehabilitative Medicine, and Clinical Director of acute rehabilitation at North Coast Rehabilitation Hospital / Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. He developed and implemented a comprehensive program for recovery from traumatic injury for brain injury / strokes. He does forensic neuropsychology and treatment for evaluations for individuals who have survived traumatic injury (including concussion, brain injury, PTSD). He developed a comprehensive program to assist individuals recovering from neurological trauma which he offers in his private practice. Currently, Dr. Olcese consults to both Santa Rosa Junior College athletic departments for students suffering traumatic brain injury/concussion. Rick can be contacted at: email@example.com or 707-570-0803.
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