Source Alert: USC experts available to comment on holiday toxins and PTSD
Michael Levine, M.D., is an assistant professor of emergency medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. He is an expert in toxicology and accidental poisoning. He can discuss safety precautions for potential holiday toxins including dangerous toys and poisonous household products. “This time of year can be filled with fun and joy, but can also be full of potential dangers in the house like small toys, medications and alcohol,” said Levine. “Parent are encouraged to call the poison control center if their child ingests any toxins and appears asymptomatic.” He can be contacted at (818)-426-0300 or email@example.com.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Colin P. Dias, M.D., is a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and psychiatrist-in-chief at the LAC+USC Medical Center. He is an expert in child and adolescent psychiatry. He can comment on the symptoms to watch for in children exposed to traumatic events. “Warning signs to look for in children exposed to traumatic events include problems falling or staying asleep, irritability or angry outbursts, frightening dreams, agitated or confused behavior or acting or feeling like a traumatic event is happening again,” said Dias. “If your child experiences any of these symptoms, have them seen by a grief counselor or therapist to help them begin to process the traumatizing event.” He can be contacted at (323)-226-5551 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Keck Medicine of USC
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