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.

  • Tactical Naps: When Napping Can Be Good for You May 4, 2020

    One of the hallmarks of sleep hygiene education is the instruction to “avoid taking naps.” The idea is that avoiding naps will help to keep a consistent circadian rhythm and ensure that you feel tired when it’s time to go to bed. However, most of the sleep hygiene instruction that mental health providers give their patients is difficult to implement in combat, deployed, or field training environments.

  • 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?

  • inTransition Improves its Success Rate in Connecting Service Members to Sexual Assault-related Counseling April 30, 2020

    Starting in January 2019, the inTransition program began to help connect sexual assault survivors who were seeking mental health support to free and confidential services at local Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Vet Centers for counseling without a referral from Tricare or a military treatment facility.

  • Five Ways Behavioral Health Care Providers Can Promote Psychological Wellbeing During Covid-19 April 29, 2020

    How Providers Can Support Military Patients and Families

    During infectious disease outbreaks such as COVID-19, behavioral health care providers are likely to encounter patients who are experiencing distress about the outbreak and its impact on them and their families. In addition to the regular stressors of military life, service members and their families may be managing the impacts of delayed or cancelled moves, deploying to support the services’ response to the outbreak, and providing education and childcare to their families.

  • A Quick Start Guide to Written Exposure Therapy: How Can I use it This Week? April 28, 2020 (Updated: May 6, 2020)

    Written exposure therapy, also called written narrative exposure therapy, is a brief trauma-focused treatment for PTSD which may readily be adapted for use during the current telehealth environment.

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