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.

  • Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault: What is the Connection? April 6, 2020

    In April the Department of Defense (DoD) observes Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM) and the theme this year is “Protecting our People Protects our Mission.” You can find 2020 SAAPM campaign information and resources from the DoD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO).

  • Five Ways to Cope with COVID-19, Brought to You by the U.S. Military April 3, 2020

    There are a lot of parallels between military service and the conditions many Americans are experiencing during the coronavirus crisis.

    Think about this. The norm of military service, deployments, and remote and overseas duty stations include:

  • Positive Attitude, Social Support May Promote TBI Resilience Among Military Members March 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.

  • Addressing Emotional Responses to Threat of Coronavirus March 19, 2020

    While in graduate school, I was involved with some interesting research that examined students’ reactions to media coverage on the potential threat of a disease pandemic such as coronavirus. The study showed several interesting findings, including high rates of worry that family members would contract the disease or that treatment might not be available.

  • Meeting the Challenge of Co-occurring Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury March 9, 2020

    The evaluation and treatment of patients with co-occurring mild traumatic brain injury (TBI), also called concussion, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be a challenge for mental health care providers. Concussion and PTSD often occur together in military patients because combat-related operations can result in head trauma (physical or physiologic trauma) and psychological trauma–related experiences.


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