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.

  • Overcoming Barriers to Prescribing Exercise for Mental Health October 21, 2019

    One of the benefits of being a (retired) competitive powerlifter is that people come to you for advice about lifting weights. They see you work out in the gym, and probably say to themselves, “That’s someone who knows what he is doing. I’ll ask him for help.” I’ve had people ask me simple questions like “How do I improve my squat?” to more complex requests like “Would you mind putting together a training plan for me?” I don’t mind assisting people in reaching their goals as I know what my limitations are.

  • Depression in Pregnant Service Members: Three Things Providers Can Do to Help October 15, 2019

    October is designated as Depression Awareness Month. This provides an opportunity to discuss depression and how it can uniquely impact service members who are pregnant. While most of us are aware of postpartum depression, fewer may know that depression can occur throughout pregnancy. This blog will highlight a few key things for providers to keep in mind as they’re working with pregnant service members.

    1. It’s not just postpartum depression.

  • inTransition: Serving All of America’s Service Members and Veterans October 7, 2019

    You probably know inTransition provides confidential, free, one-on-one coaching for service members who need support accessing mental health care during relocation or when they’re returning from deployment, transitioning from active duty to reserve or reserve to active duty, or preparing to leave military service.

  • Suicide Prediction Models in the Military Health System September 30, 2019

    There is growing interest for the Department of Defense (DoD) to implement computer-generated algorithms that use health care data to identify service members at heightened risk for suicide.

  • Suicide Prevention Spotlight: Military Behavioral Health Technicians September 27, 2019

    Who has the most important role in military suicide prevention? Healthcare providers? Commanding officers? Other service members? Everyone? If you’d say “everyone” is the right answer, I wholeheartedly agree! Indeed, military suicide prevention requires the awareness, effort, and support of each member of the military community as well as those in the wider civilian community. However, one of the military’s most crucial suicide prevention assets, and perhaps one of the most unsung, are behavioral health technicians.


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