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  • Thanks for a concise , excellent review. I witnessed the gratitude felt by soldiers when someone paid attention to their other life- not just what they were as an MOS in a unit.
    It is often up to a primary care provider to pick up on hidden psych issues as there are so many complaints having nothing to do with the real underlying issue.
    In Baghdad I saw a soldier who had repeatedly been seen for "colds" not getting better. The medic who saw him also told me that the "cold" caused him to sleep 11 hours per day (he worked 6-7 days per week).
    We referred him to psych and he did really well. He had a crumbling marriage and his wife was threatening to have him never see his children. As you know this kind of scenario is ongoing.
    I felt blessed to have such motivated, concerned military psych teams in the places I deployed to. The psychiatrists, psychologists, and other staff were always responsive and sharp. I was a Reservist and the psych teams were active duty.

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