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.
What is the Best Treatment for Insomnia?
What is the Best Treatment for Insomnia?January 5, 2021
“I only get a few hours of sleep every night.” Kevin stated this when I asked what brought him into treatment at his intake appointment. He was a 28-year-old soldier who had been deployed eight times. Kevin isn’t alone in his problems with sleep. Many service members report similar problems when they come to therapy. But unless you specialize in sleep disorders, it can be difficult to know what the recommended treatments for insomnia are, or how to differentiate between various sleep disorders in order to know what to treat first.
Positive Attitude, Social Support May Promote TBI Resilience Among Military Members
Positive Attitude, Social Support May Promote TBI Resilience Among Military MembersMarch 27, 2020
Untangling the relationship between traumatic brain injury (TBI and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a complex challenge. Service members can experience both a mild TBI (also known as concussion) and psychological distress from combat situations, assaults and motor vehicle crashes. But research from the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC), a division of the Defense Health Agency Research and Development Directorate, has found that psychological experiences prior to TBI may play a role in recovery.
Rolling the Dice on Universal Screening for Gambling Disorder
Rolling the Dice on Universal Screening for Gambling DisorderFebruary 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
Spotlight on Seasonal DepressionNovember 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
Question and Verify: TRICARE Authorized Civilian Mental Health Facility ReferralsOctober 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.
The views expressed in Clinician's Corner blogs are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Psychological Health Center of Excellence or Department of Defense.