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’s the Difference between Primary Care Behavioral Health and Specialty Behavioral Health? March 2, 2020

    “My primary care patient is experiencing depression. Should I recommend the patient be seen by the behavioral health consultant (BHC) in primary care? Or should I refer the patient to the specialty behavioral health clinic? What’s really the difference?”

    The Military Health System (MHS) has various levels of care available for patients with behavioral health concerns. Clinicians in the MHS may have questions about which level and location of care is right for a particular patient: primary care behavioral health (PCBH) or specialty behavioral health services.

  • Is the Behavioral Health Consultant in Primary Care Right for Your Patient? Yes! February 3, 2020

    Service members seek care from their primary care manager (PCM) for a wide range of concerns and conditions. Some problems, such as a sore throat or skin rash, may be readily resolved by the patient and PCM. Many patients, however, seek care for more complex conditions, such as chronic pain, family stressors, tobacco use, or being overweight. When a condition is affected by behaviors, emotions, thoughts, or social factors, health care should address these psychosocial factors in addition to physical factors.

  • Primary Care Behavioral Health: Integrated Care Improves Health Outcomes for Service Members March 26, 2018

    According to the American Hospital Association, one in four Americans experience a behavioral health illness or substance use disorder each year, and the majority of those individuals also suffer from a comorbid physical health condition.

  • Addressing Peripartum Depression in Military Service Members: The Role of Internal Behavioral Health Consultants October 16, 2017

    Last week’s blog encouraged providers to learn more about postpartum depression from a patient’s perspective. This blog will discuss how we, as providers in the Military Health System, can help patients address these symptoms.

  • Five Things Health Care Providers Should Know About Postpartum Depression October 9, 2017

    October is Depression Awareness Month. This is the first of a two-part series focused on a type of depression that many patients don’t disclose to their doctors, limiting their access to care. The birth of a baby is considered to be one of the happiest moments of a woman’s life. With the expectation of such great emotion, many women are embarrassed or ashamed to discuss feelings of uncertainty with their providers. Postpartum depression (PPD) can be an invisible disorder for new moms who feel this way.

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