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.

  • Using a Navy Program to Navigate the Continued Stress and Uncertainty of COVID-19 June 8, 2020

    Continued Stress of COVID-19

    Although we have settled into a new way of life, COVID-19 continues to bring lots of things to worry about, including health concerns and major unwanted life changes. On top of worrying about isolated loved ones and contracting the virus, summer programs for kids have been canceled, getting groceries is challenging, we’re still stuck at home, and many remain concerned about layoffs and financial loss.

  • Connecting to Psychological Health Care Resources During COVID-19 June 1, 2020

    A friendly reminder for the military community: the Psychological Health Resource Center (PHRC) is available to provide information on psychological health, connections to psychological health care, and access to community resources during COVID-19. The COVID-19 pandemic, and its impact on our daily lives and routines, may trigger interpersonal conflicts between family members and friends, increase feelings of anxiety or depression, or cause lost connections with psychological health care providers.

  • Five Ways Behavioral Health Care Providers Can Promote Psychological Wellbeing During Covid-19 April 29, 2020

    How Providers Can Support Military Patients and Families

    During infectious disease outbreaks such as COVID-19, behavioral health care providers are likely to encounter patients who are experiencing distress about the outbreak and its impact on them and their families. In addition to the regular stressors of military life, service members and their families may be managing the impacts of delayed or cancelled moves, deploying to support the services’ response to the outbreak, and providing education and childcare to their families.

  • 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.

  • Alleviating Panic Symptoms When Wearing Protective Equipment: Lessons from the Military Frontlines April 17, 2020

    Among the iconic images from the heroic response to the coronavirus pandemic are the faces of medical professionals bruised by personal protective equipment during long hospital shifts. As anyone in the military who has done field training exercises in MOPP4 gear knows, this equipment can be extremely uncomfortable. In some cases, breathing through personal protective equipment can lead to panic attacks and other claustrophobic symptoms.

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