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.

  • Five Things Health Care Providers Should Know About Postpartum Depression October 9, 2017

    October is Depression Awareness Month. This is the first of a two-part series focused on a type of depression that many patients don’t disclose to their doctors, limiting their access to care. The birth of a baby is considered to be one of the happiest moments of a woman’s life. With the expectation of such great emotion, many women are embarrassed or ashamed to discuss feelings of uncertainty with their providers. Postpartum depression (PPD) can be an invisible disorder for new moms who feel this way.

  • Calibrating the Team: Keys to Enhancing Teamwork in Military Health Care October 2, 2017

    Excellence in teamwork.

    What comes to mind when you see these words? Sports teams? Elite military units? Fictional superhero collectives? 

    Raise your hand if you immediately thought about your own military health care team?

  • Just the Facts: Understanding the Patterns of Military Suicides September 29, 2017

    There’s no way around it, suicide is difficult to talk about. This is especially true when trying to apply what we know from epidemiological and clinical science to individual cases that may or may not match the profiles that the science says are associated with the greatest degrees of risk.

  • Following Up with Suicidal Patients in the Military: Preparation is Key September 25, 2017

    In the Clinician’s Corner blogs this month, we’ve discussed chaplains and confidentiality, how to assess for suicide risk, and how to discuss means safety.

  • Getting Left of the Boom: Reducing the Availability of Lethal Means Before a Suicidal Crisis Starts September 18, 2017

    Although suicide is a rare behavior, suicide prevention is a key priority for the Military Health System (MHS) and many other health care systems because when a suicide occurs it results in an absolutely catastrophic, and absolutely preventable, outcome. Because the stakes are so very high, experts are working hard to identify and understand the paths that lead to suicide, and how, where and when intervention should occur.

    Creating time and space

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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.