Clinician's Corner Blog

A PHCoE blog series written by leaders, clinicians and experts on current topics of interest for psychological health care providers in the Military Health System.

  • Moral Injury: A Mechanism of Harm June 26, 2017

    A little over 10 years ago, Maj. Gen. George Flynn, then commanding general of Marine Corps Training and Education Command, and I were on Capitol Hill waiting to brief congressional staffers when he asked me a deceptively tough question. “If I cross the street and almost get hit by a car but I jump out of the way in time, could I get posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) just from that experience?” Flynn asked.

  • OASIS Residential PTSD Treatment: It Does Exist! May 10, 2017

    Do you have active-duty patients who require more intensive PTSD treatment than you can provide? Have you had patients complain that they couldn’t do treatment assignments because of work or home responsibilities, despite sincere motivation? Do you have PTSD patients who are resistant to psychotherapy groups because the other patients “won’t understand” them? Have you had patients who required residential PTSD treatment but whose command wouldn’t approve a Temporary Assigned Duty (TAD) to a civilian facility?

  • Combat Addiction: Fact or Fiction? April 10, 2017

    Do you have a patient whose PTSD just doesn’t seem to get better? Have you treated someone who looks to relive combat experiences through combat-like activities or who engages in high risk activities which provide a rush? Is it possible that combat could be addictive?

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