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  • Web, Mobile Technology Helps Military Health Beneficiaries Assess, Improve Mental Health

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    A typical day in our modern world can involve a considerable amount of stress and anxiety. In an effort to help service members—and their families—better cope with such pressures, the National Center for Telehealth & Technology (T2) develops psychological health-based mobile applications and websites. A recent article by the Military Health System Communications Office explores how these tools can help service members and their families.

    “The great thing about these applications and web tools is that they allow us to have a much bigger impact with our target population,” said David Cooper, psychologist and mobile applications lead at T2. “For instance, Breathe2Relax has been downloaded more than 300,000 times. I could never see that many patients in my entire scope of practice. The technology and applications we’re developing at T2 are really helping us provide better overall care.” At the same time, physicians note that an app is not a substitute for direct medical care and, if needed, people should seek professional help.

    Read the full article from Military Health System Communications Office, “Web, mobile technology helps MHS beneficiaries assess, improve mental health,” on the website.

  • Soldier Opens Up About Sexual Assault, Recovery

    Sexual assault imposes significant psychological consequences on the survivor, as shown by this soldier's story of recovery. DCoE appreciates her courage to share her story and her desire to help others.

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    Pvt. Jane Smith (not her real name) enlisted in the Army right out of high school in 1999 and joined a unit driving trucks at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. She was excited about her new job and aimed to make the military a career. But Smith’s excitement came to an abrupt end shortly after her arrival.

    Smith was raped by a fellow soldier.

    The Assault

    Smith went out with friends to one of her first gatherings: a typical weekend drinking alcohol with other college-aged enlisted soldiers. She drank too much and believes she either passed out or was close to doing so when the assault happened. The last thing she remembers before the rape was hanging out in the barracks with her friends and other enlisted soldiers.

  • Military Comic Author Talks About New Book, How it Helps Vets

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    Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury. The “Terminal Lance” series does contain foul language; adult discretion advised.

    Former Marine Maximilian Uriarte began self-publishing his irreverent and often not-safe-for-work online comic strip on life in the Marine Corps infantry, “Terminal Lance,” in 2010. Uriarte’s sharp wit strikes a chord with service members of every branch by highlighting the trials, idiosyncrasies and absurdities of military life.

  • Super Bowl: Not ‘Super’ for Viewers with PTSD

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    More than 100 million Americans will tune in to watch the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers square off in Super Bowl 50 Sunday. However, it may not be much of a party for many service members and veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

    The emotions involved in the back-and-forth of a highly competitive game could be an issue for military members with PTSD.

    “Anything that is going to ramp up emotions you have to be careful about,” said Army Maj. Demietrice Pittman, a psychologist with Deployment Health Clinical Center. “Your emotions swing when you are watching the Super Bowl. Even if it is not your team it is usually a good matchup.”

  • Disabled Veterans Use Baking to Work through PTSD Symptoms

    Service members are discovering unique ways to cope with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI), including practicing mindfulness meditation, competing in a new sport, and working with a service dog. This story, originally posted as a news feature on the Department of Defense website, describes how learning a new craft — baking — is helping some service members cope with health challenges.

    Smiles and the smells of freshly baked bread, cakes and cookies greet visitors of Dog Tag Bakery in Georgetown, a place where disabled veterans can learn more than just baking.

    Disabled veterans, their spouses and caregivers can participate in a work-study fellowship that will help them as they transition from the military to the civilian workforce, said Kyle Burns, senior program director for the fellowship program at Dog Tag Bakery.

  • Top 10 DCoE Blogs of 2015

    Themes often define a year. In 2015, that was definitely the case: our audience clicked and commented most often when we shared tips, resources and practices related to mindfulness. Other topics our readers found of particular interest were moral injury, resources for military kids and caring for traumatic brain injury (TBI). Listed below in order of popularity are the top 10 blog posts of 2015 on the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) website.