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.

  • Treating Post-traumatic Nightmares in the Military: Imagery Rehearsal Therapy June 11, 2018

    Nightmares and PTSD

    Nightmares are one of the hallmark symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), though post-traumatic nightmares may exist independently and do not equate to a diagnosis of PTSD. Post-traumatic nightmares may be described as lengthy, detailed dreams in which the story line evokes intense fear, anxiety or other negative emotions. Many patients report that these nightmares involve trying to avoid or cope with some horrific danger that closely resembles a specific traumatic event.

  • Treating Unresolved Trauma in the Deployed Environment June 4, 2018

    For many, the phrase “deployment trauma” brings to mind images of combat: improvised explosive devices, taking small arms fire, or traumatic amputations and brain injuries. Over the last 10 years, direct exposure to combat during deployments has decreased. Nonetheless, treating trauma in the deployed environment remains an ever present challenge for military mental health practitioners. This blog will discuss why even objectively safe deployments trigger trauma and some questions to ask when considering whether to process trauma in the deployed environment.

  • Mental Health Takeaways from the New VA/DoD Pregnancy Clinical Practice Guideline May 29, 2018

    Pregnancy can impact all aspects of a mother’s well-being. While it’s an exciting time for many women, it’s also an emotional time. It can bring on mood changes from physical stresses, fatigue, changes in metabolism and hormones, as well as worries, such as about the costs and new responsibilities that come with being a parent. For service women, there are unique military-related concerns such as caring for the new baby if one or both parents gets deployed and meeting physical readiness standards after the baby is born.

  • Global Behavioral Health Engagement: Building Partnerships and Enhancing Readiness May 21, 2018

    Global Behavioral Health Engagement

    We generally think of the Department of Defense (DoD) as a government agency that provides military forces to protect and defend the security of our country, and many of us don’t think much of the connection between global health and DoD. In fact, DoD has a long standing history of participation in many global health engagement initiatives to support global stability and security via enhancing the health system capabilities of partner nations; however, few of these initiatives focus on behavioral health.

  • Top 10 Things to Know About inTransition May 14, 2018

    You’ve likely heard of inTransition, the program that will help service members and veterans find mental health providers, but you may have questions about who’s eligible, when someone can join, and what services are provided. Read these fast facts to learn more. 

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The views expressed in Clinician's Corner blogs are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Psychological Health Center of Excellence or Department of Defense.