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.

  • Five Ways Behavioral Health Care Providers Can Promote Psychological Wellbeing During Covid-19 April 29, 2020

    How Providers Can Support Military Patients and Families

    During infectious disease outbreaks such as COVID-19, behavioral health care providers are likely to encounter patients who are experiencing distress about the outbreak and its impact on them and their families. In addition to the regular stressors of military life, service members and their families may be managing the impacts of delayed or cancelled moves, deploying to support the services’ response to the outbreak, and providing education and childcare to their families.

  • A Quick Start Guide to Written Exposure Therapy: How Can I use it This Week? April 28, 2020 (Updated: May 6, 2020)

    Written exposure therapy, also called written narrative exposure therapy, is a brief trauma-focused treatment for PTSD which may readily be adapted for use during the current telehealth environment.

  • 2018 DoD Suicide Event Report Released April 27, 2020

    The 2018 Department of Defense Suicide Event Report (DoDSER) Annual Report was published today. For those who are not familiar with the DoDSER, the report details total numbers of reported suicide deaths and attempts among U.S. service members during the calendar year and describes suicide mortality rates for the military components and services.

  • Understanding Impacts of Stalking in Service Members: Tips for Providers April 20, 2020

    In recent years the Department of Defense has made strides in sexual assault prevention and response, including an increased focus on addressing sexual assault of men in the military. Less attention has been given to the psychological health consequences of stalking.

  • Alleviating Panic Symptoms When Wearing Protective Equipment: Lessons from the Military Frontlines April 17, 2020

    Among the iconic images from the heroic response to the coronavirus pandemic are the faces of medical professionals bruised by personal protective equipment during long hospital shifts. As anyone in the military who has done field training exercises in MOPP4 gear knows, this equipment can be extremely uncomfortable. In some cases, breathing through personal protective equipment can lead to panic attacks and other claustrophobic symptoms.


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