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.

  • Rolling the Dice on Universal Screening for Gambling Disorder February 11, 2020

    According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – Fifth Edition, gambling disorder is a condition characterized by persistent problematic gambling behavior that leads to clinically significant impairment or distress. Roughly 2 percent of the U.S. adult population has a gambling disorder, and current estimates of prevalence in the military are even lower, in the range of 0.3 – 1.2 percent.

  • Spotlight on Seasonal Depression November 25, 2019

    The days are now shorter, the temperature is colder, and the winter solstice is still weeks away. You may be starting to notice patients coming in and complaining of decreased mood and lethargy. Is it the beginning of a cold?  Or the “winter blues”? Or might they be suffering from seasonal depression? The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), refers to seasonal depression as major depressive disorder with seasonal pattern.

  • Question and Verify: TRICARE Authorized Civilian Mental Health Facility Referrals October 28, 2019

    You’ve determined your patient requires a referral to a specialized mental health in-patient or residential care facility to participate in an intensive treatment program with 24-7 structured support and medical oversight. But knowing where and how to refer your patient for an increased level of care can pose a challenge, especially if your military treatment facility (MTF) is not located near a major treatment center that offers inpatient or residential mental health services.

  • How Good is that App? Evaluation Criteria for Military Mental Health Providers March 18, 2019

    How often has a patient shown you a health-related smartphone app and asked your opinion?  Or a colleague recommends that you try an app they’ve incorporated into their practice? How do you judge the merits of a particular app among the plethora of options in the market place?

  • Dolphin Docs: Mental Health Providers Embedded in the Submarine Community January 7, 2019 In 1996, Navy aircraft carriers began to embed psychologists to address the concerns of medical evacuations from the ships. However, the benefit of having a psychologist aboard was quickly realized and gradually both Navy and Marine commands began to embed a variety of mental health providers into military units.

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