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.
Writing and Talking about Mental Health: Do’s and Don’ts to Reduce Stigma
Writing and Talking about Mental Health: Do’s and Don’ts to Reduce StigmaMay 26, 2020
Stigma remains a significant barrier to seeking mental health care in the military. While DoD strives to address and reduce stigma through programs and policies, there’s a way that we can all do our part to challenge the stigma associated with mental health – through our words.
inTransition: Supporting Brigs and Correctional Facilities
inTransition: Supporting Brigs and Correctional FacilitiesMay 18, 2020
inTransition has been serving America’s service members and veterans for more than 10 years. It’s a free, voluntary, and confidential program that assists ANY service member or veteran in obtaining psychological health care, usually when they are transitioning between health care systems.
How Can Patients Access the Behavioral Health Consultant?
How Can Patients Access the Behavioral Health Consultant?May 11, 2020
“Many of my primary care patients would benefit from seeing our clinic’s behavioral health consultant (BHC). What’s the best way for my patients to access the BHC?
Tactical Naps: When Napping Can Be Good for You
Tactical Naps: When Napping Can Be Good for YouMay 4, 2020
One of the hallmarks of sleep hygiene education is the instruction to “avoid taking naps.” The idea is that avoiding naps will help to keep a consistent circadian rhythm and ensure that you feel tired when it’s time to go to bed. However, most of the sleep hygiene instruction that mental health providers give their patients is difficult to implement in combat, deployed, or field training environments.
Indoor exercises to improve anxiety and depression
Indoor exercises to improve anxiety and depressionMay 2, 2020
The COVID-19 crisis has shut down many businesses across the United States, including gyms, and going to busy parks to use running trails and other resources is also now not an option in most places. This has made it challenging to maintain regular exercise. In addition, many of us have kids at home and are trying to telework. Being stuck at home can lead to “cabin fever.” It can also trigger anxiety and lead to depression. So what can you do to help stay active and energetic?
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.