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.

  • What is the Best Treatment for Insomnia? January 5, 2021

    “I only get a few hours of sleep every night.” Kevin stated this when I asked what brought him into treatment at his intake appointment. He was a 28-year-old soldier who had been deployed eight times. Kevin isn’t alone in his problems with sleep. Many service members report similar problems when they come to therapy. But unless you specialize in sleep disorders, it can be difficult to know what the recommended treatments for insomnia are, or how to differentiate between various sleep disorders in order to know what to treat first.

  • inTransition: Open to All Service Members and Veterans, All the Time December 23, 2020

    inTransition provides free, confidential, one-on-one coaching for service members and veterans who need support in accessing mental health care during a transition such as returning from deployment, transitioning from active duty to reserves, preparing to leave the service, or any other time a service member or veteran wants to engage in mental health treatment.

  • Successfully Coping with Holiday Stress: Strategies for Health Care Workers December 14, 2020

    As health care workers involved in patient care, many service members rely on you for their medical readiness. Your continued commitment to successfully meet the demands of your job likely means overseeing and delivering timely and accurate services to a large patient caseload as well as dealing with unexpected changes brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Provider Self-Care during a Global Pandemic December 9, 2020

    2020 has been a year like no other. For many of us, our “normal” lives have been overshadowed by a global pandemic, historic wild fires, civil unrest, a divisive election and social distancing. Life as we know it has changed considerably since March. Perhaps nobody has felt the impact more than health care providers who have experienced unprecedented levels of physical and emotional strain. As the year draws to a close, it may be wise to revisit the sister concepts of burnout, vicarious traumatization and compassion fatigue.

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and PTSD: Considerations for Screening and Treatment November 16, 2020

    Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) rank among the most debilitating, distressing, difficult and expensive-to-treat mental health conditions. While the two conditions were once considered to be unrelated, accumulating evidence indicates they often co-occur.

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