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.

  • Indoor exercises to improve anxiety and depression May 2, 2020

    The COVID-19 crisis has shut down many businesses across the United States, including gyms, and going to busy parks to use running trails and other resources is also now not an option in most places. This has made it challenging to maintain regular exercise. In addition, many of us have kids at home and are trying to telework. Being stuck at home can lead to “cabin fever.” It can also trigger anxiety and lead to depression. So what can you do to help stay active and energetic?

  • 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.

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