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.

  • The Mind, the Body, and Trauma: A Place for Complementary and Integrative Health Practices in the Treatment of PTSD June 18, 2018

    Complementary and integrative health (CIH) practices have gained traction in recent years as ways to support coping in individuals with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Broadly, CIH approaches focus on the connection between mind and body, and include practices such as:

  • Treating Post-traumatic Nightmares in the Military: Imagery Rehearsal Therapy June 11, 2018

    Nightmares and PTSD

    Nightmares are one of the hallmark symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), though post-traumatic nightmares may exist independently and do not equate to a diagnosis of PTSD. Post-traumatic nightmares may be described as lengthy, detailed dreams in which the story line evokes intense fear, anxiety or other negative emotions. Many patients report that these nightmares involve trying to avoid or cope with some horrific danger that closely resembles a specific traumatic event.

  • Treating Unresolved Trauma in the Deployed Environment June 4, 2018

    For many, the phrase “deployment trauma” brings to mind images of combat: improvised explosive devices, taking small arms fire, or traumatic amputations and brain injuries. Over the last 10 years, direct exposure to combat during deployments has decreased. Nonetheless, treating trauma in the deployed environment remains an ever present challenge for military mental health practitioners. This blog will discuss why even objectively safe deployments trigger trauma and some questions to ask when considering whether to process trauma in the deployed environment.

  • It’s Not a Mirage: The OASIS Residential Program for PTSD Expands Services February 26, 2018

    You may have read our previous blog about the Navy’s residential posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatment program. The facility has recently opened its doors to more service members affected by PTSD and expanded its treatment offerings. Read on for an update.

  • What Doesn't Kill You Changes You: Clinical Considerations for Exploring Posttraumatic Growth November 15, 2017

    In my experience, service members and veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) don’t resonate with the popular notion that “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” In fact, individuals who present for PTSD treatment generally report feeling quite the opposite: fearful, unsafe, on edge, exhausted, isolated, and out of control.

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