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 2020 Research Gaps Report: Suicide Prevention Research Priorities August 3, 2020

    How do we know which military health research is most important in any given year? The Military Health System is confronted with many competing priorities for optimizing military health and readiness. With finite resources, it is vital that researchers and funding agencies know which research needs are greatest and which studies might give the best value in meeting those needs.

  • Behavioral Health Technicians: A Vital Role Supporting the Embedded Behavioral Health Mission July 20, 2020

    The concept of embedded behavioral health care in the military can be traced back decades, with the intent to promote psychological health and readiness in operational units through targeted prevention and risk reduction efforts. As opposed to the traditional concept of a clinic, embedded assets bring behavioral health to the unit. In addition to providing direct behavioral health support, embedded providers strive to make connections with unit members to gain insight into their unique needs.

  • The Physiology of Combat Stress Reactions July 13, 2020

    During an intense firefight in Afghanistan, a soldier became confused and disoriented and began recklessly charging up and down the field between his unit and the enemy. The medic found that the soldier’s heart rate and blood pressure were dangerously high, and he was taken to an aid station. After some rest and reassurance, his heart rate slowed and he returned to his normal state. He was returned to duty the next day.

  • PTSD Awareness Month 2020: Overview of Evidence-based Practice June 22, 2020

    Each June, the Department of Defense joins the national effort to promote awareness of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is a mental health condition that may arise following exposure to a trauma such as combat, a natural disaster, or an assault. Individuals with PTSD experience distressing and intrusive memories of the trauma as well as avoidance, hyperarousal, and negative thoughts and mood.

  • Using a Navy Program to Navigate the Continued Stress and Uncertainty of COVID-19 June 8, 2020

    Continued Stress of COVID-19

    Although we have settled into a new way of life, COVID-19 continues to bring lots of things to worry about, including health concerns and major unwanted life changes. On top of worrying about isolated loved ones and contracting the virus, summer programs for kids have been canceled, getting groceries is challenging, we’re still stuck at home, and many remain concerned about layoffs and financial loss.

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