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.
Reducing Self-stigma: Mental Health is as Important as Physical Health
Reducing Self-stigma: Mental Health is as Important as Physical HealthJune 25, 2018
One of service members’ most frequently cited barriers to mental health care is stigma, perceived shame or disgrace attached to something regarded as socially unacceptable. Nearly 60 percent of service members who have mental health symptoms do not seek care. While they may readily see a physician if they have a physical ailment, they often do nothing when it comes to their mental health.
Words Matter: The Effect of Stigma and Labeling on Mental Health Care in the Military
Words Matter: The Effect of Stigma and Labeling on Mental Health Care in the MilitaryMarch 19, 2018
There is a well-known discrepancy between the number of service members with sub-clinical mental health symptoms and those who actually seek care. Research estimates that more than half of service members exhibiting clinically significant mental health symptoms do not seek mental health care.
Six Tips for Medical Providers to Combat Stigma
Six Tips for Medical Providers to Combat StigmaAugust 28, 2017
Are you aware that knowledge of your patient’s mental health status may influence the type or quality of care you provide?
In its 2014 report titled Mental Health Stigma in the Military, RAND Corporation addressed interrelated forms of stigma that could prevent service members from seeking mental health treatment:
How Often do People Lose Security Clearances Because of Mental Health Reasons?
How Often do People Lose Security Clearances Because of Mental Health Reasons?February 6, 2017
Psychologists and psychiatrists working in military treatment facilities are often asked to do security clearance evaluations, sometimes referred to as DoDCAFs (Department of Defense Central Adjudication Facility). These evaluations can best be conceptualized as forensic or operational in nature, in that the intent of the evaluation is ultimately a question of national security and there is no traditional doctor/patient relationship assumed by either party.
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.