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.

  • Three Critical Considerations When Making a Clinical Mental Health Recommendation for a Service Member November 5, 2018

    Making a clinical recommendation for an active duty service member seems like it should be pretty straightforward. You conduct a comprehensive assessment and make an informed diagnosis. If there is a clinical practice guideline (CPG) for the diagnosis, you consider the known treatments with an evidence base.

  • FDA Approval and Recommendations in the VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guidelines: How Can They Differ? July 9, 2018

    You’re likely familiar with PHCoE’s Psych Health Evidence Briefs, which summarize available scientific evidence and clinical guidance on treatments for psychological health conditions commonly experienced by service members.

  • Mental Health Takeaways from the New VA/DoD Pregnancy Clinical Practice Guideline May 29, 2018

    Pregnancy can impact all aspects of a mother’s well-being. While it’s an exciting time for many women, it’s also an emotional time. It can bring on mood changes from physical stresses, fatigue, changes in metabolism and hormones, as well as worries, such as about the costs and new responsibilities that come with being a parent. For service women, there are unique military-related concerns such as caring for the new baby if one or both parents gets deployed and meeting physical readiness standards after the baby is born.

  • Delivering Trauma-informed Care in the Military Health System April 30, 2018

    Unless you’ve been deployed or too busy with patients to read the latest literature, you’ve likely noticed increased use of the terms “trauma-informed” and “trauma-sensitive” in psychological health articles, training seminars, and clinical practice guidelines. I recently even read about trauma-informed yoga and trauma-informed parenting. So what does it mean to be trauma-informed and why is it important to how we deliver care to service members?

  • Mental Health Providers: How Do You Differentiate Combat Stress from Concussion Symptoms? March 5, 2018

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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.