Psychological health encompasses all aspects of a person: physical, mental, spiritual, and social. This includes both positive and negative behaviors, attributes and symptoms, including resilience and heartiness.
The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE), cosponsored a workshop titled, “Advancing Integrated Research in Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury: Common Data Elements” with the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, on 23 and 24 March, in Silver Spring, M d.
Last week the Deployment Health Clinical Center (DHCC) completed its Specialized Care Program (SCP) Track II’s first all women session for a group of seven military women. DHCC has been offering the SCP Track II, a three-week, outpatient, integrative care program for post-traumatic stress symptoms, for three and a half years. The program is specifically formulated for the military population.
Recently I blogged about the Center for Deployment Psychology’s (CDP) one week course titled Addressing the Psychological Health of Warriors and Their Families (see CDP Offers One Week Training for Civilian Mental Health Providers, January 21, 2009). I am proud to announce more details about the course offering that is scheduled for April.
Members of the military who believe they may have had a concussion should always get a prompt medical evaluation – even if they think they don’t need it, according to Brig. Gen. Loree K. Sutton, M.D.
Sutton is director of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury and is the highest ranking psychiatrist in the U.S. Army. She was interviewed for the March 5 episode of “Dot Mil Docs,” a Web radio production of the Military Health System. The interview can be heard at http://www.health.mil/MediaRoom/default.aspx?id=455¤tPg=1
“Get a brief medical assessment and determine whether you’re really in need of a little rest or whether you can go back,” Sutton said on the program. “It’s certainly possible to be exposed to an explosion and have no visible injury” so it is important “to document what has happened if an individual has felt dazed or confused.”
March is Brain Injury Awareness Month and this provides an important opportunity to discuss issues that our warriors and their families face, including the three different categories of traumatic brain injury (TBI): concussion, moderate TBI and severe TBI. Depending upon the degree of TBI, service members can face problems related to attention, memory, behavioral and physical issues, all of which can affect how they function and feel on a daily basis.