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.

  • Opioid Therapy in the Military: New Treatment Guidance and Clinical Support Tools July 24, 2017

    We’ve all heard about the current opioid epidemic and the increase in the number of deaths due to opioid overdose. Let’s quickly review:

  • Get Psyched! DHCC Psychologists to Present at APA Annual Meeting July 17, 2017

    Each August, psychologists from around the world attend the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association (APA). This year the meeting will be held Aug. 3-6 in Washington, D.C., where our own DHCC psychologists will deliver five presentations. 

    Many of our psychologists belong to Division 19: Society for Military Psychology, which sponsors presentations and publishes its own convention agenda specific to the interests of military psychologists.  

  • Biomarkers: The Future of PTSD Diagnosis and Treatment Monitoring? July 10, 2017

    When I tell people my background is in physiological psychology they respond with enthusiastic curiosity. Rats, brain lesions, fear conditioning – “so interesting.” But their eyes glaze over as soon as I start in on neural circuitry and the inhibitory influence of the ventromedial prefrontal cortex on the amygdala. I get it. It sounds like a foreign language or you find it extremely boring. Or maybe it sounds irrelevant to psychological health. After all, what does understanding physiology have to do with helping people who suffer with mental health disorders?

  • Updated PTSD Guidelines and Recommendations Released: Learn About the Changes July 6, 2017

    On Monday, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Defense (DoD) released an updated version of the VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) for the Management of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Acute Stress Disorder (ASD). The new version incorporates research conducted since the last revision in 2010 and covers treatment for both PTSD and ASD. There are several new recommendations, so both seasoned and new mental health practitioners should take time to review it.

  • 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.

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