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.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and PTSD: Considerations for Screening and Treatment
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and PTSD: Considerations for Screening and TreatmentNovember 16, 2020
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) rank among the most debilitating, distressing, difficult and expensive-to-treat mental health conditions. While the two conditions were once considered to be unrelated, accumulating evidence indicates they often co-occur.
Intersectionality and Cultural Competence: A Quick Introduction
Intersectionality and Cultural Competence: A Quick IntroductionNovember 9, 2020
The term intersectionality, coined by Kimberle Williams Crenshaw, is used to describe how race, class, gender, and other individual characteristics intersect and overlap with one another. Intersectionality considers the ways that identities related to multiple socially constructed categories create unique sets of experiences, which are qualitatively different than the sum of individual categories of identity (American Psychological Association Dictionary).
PTSD Awareness Month 2020: Overview of Evidence-based Practice
PTSD Awareness Month 2020: Overview of Evidence-based PracticeJune 22, 2020
Each June, the Department of Defense joins the national effort to promote awareness of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is a mental health condition that may arise following exposure to a trauma such as combat, a natural disaster, or an assault. Individuals with PTSD experience distressing and intrusive memories of the trauma as well as avoidance, hyperarousal, and negative thoughts and mood.
Tactical Naps: When Napping Can Be Good for You
Tactical Naps: When Napping Can Be Good for YouMay 4, 2020
One of the hallmarks of sleep hygiene education is the instruction to “avoid taking naps.” The idea is that avoiding naps will help to keep a consistent circadian rhythm and ensure that you feel tired when it’s time to go to bed. However, most of the sleep hygiene instruction that mental health providers give their patients is difficult to implement in combat, deployed, or field training environments.
A Quick Start Guide to Written Exposure Therapy: How Can I use it This Week?
A Quick Start Guide to Written Exposure Therapy: How Can I use it This Week?April 28, 2020 (Updated: May 6, 2020)
Written exposure therapy, also called written narrative exposure therapy, is a brief trauma-focused treatment for PTSD which may readily be adapted for use during the current telehealth environment.
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