In this talk, Dr. Elizabeth Spaar (Spectrum Family Practice, Verona) will review the history of PTSD as a diagnosis with a focus on the evolution of perceptions of PTSD in women by the medical establishment as well as the larger culture over time. Diagnosis and treatments (both traditional and complimentary) will be covered as well as a discussion of the political and spiritual aspects. Dr. Spaar will also go over the most recent research on medical marijuana and psychedelic therapies for PTSD and share her clinical experiences treating PTSD patients with medical marijuana.
Dr. Spaar is a graduate of Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine and Latrobe Hospital Excela Health’s Family Medicine Residency. She is published in American Family Physician and has spoken at numerous medical education events on the topics of intimate partner violence, PTSD, autism, PANDAS and medical marijuana. She is the owner of Spectrum Family Practice where she specializes in integrative treatment in the areas of opiate addiction, medical marijuana and the pediatric autoimmune condition PANDAS. She has been featured on CBS News as well as several local news programs. She is also the mother of five children with special needs, two of whom are treated with medical marijuana and have improved remarkably. Dr. Spaar became a physician as a result of frustrating experiences with the medical world in treatment of her oldest child with special needs. Her children are her continued inspiration.