• Need PTSD Treatment? OASIS Now Accepting Applicants
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    The Overcoming Adversity and Stress Injury Support (OASIS) Program located at Naval Medical Center San Diego is now accepting new patients. The residential program is designed to help active-duty service members coping with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) secondary to combat/operationally-related trauma. Navy Lt. Cmdr. (Dr.) Erin Simmons, division officer of OASIS describes the program in a recent Deployment Health Clinical Center blog post.


  • AfterDeployment: A PTSD Love Story
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    Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can affect the entire family unit. In addition to those with PTSD needing the support and encouragement of their family to get the help they need to recover, family members also experience their own challenges. AfterDeployment recently published an article and video series telling the story of Toby, an Army lieutenant colonel returning from Iraq showing signs of PTSD, and his wife Susan.


  • 5 Steps to Take Charge of Your Mental Health
    U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Trevor Kohlrus

    Medical check-ups allow you to monitor your physical well-being; however, your health care shouldn’t stop there. How often do you check on your mental health? If not so often, here are five steps to help you take charge of your mental health.

    Step 1: Look for Mental Health Providers

    Finding the right mental health provider can be a challenge. The Defense Center of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) Outreach Center can help you get started. Professionals are available 24/7 by phone at 866-966-1020, online chat or email to listen to your questions and connect you with a specialist in your area of need.  

  • Experts Discuss How Brain Injury Affects Communication Skills
    U.S. Navy photo by Jason Bortz

    How a service member communicates with others can change after a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

    “People with TBI speak better than they communicate,” said Linda Picon, Department of Veterans Affairs senior consultant and liaison for TBI at the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury.

    Picon and Inbal Eshel, Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center senior principal scientist, are a duo with more than 35 years of experience studying and treating TBI patients. They shared with us how TBI can cause communication disorders.

  • How to Walk Away from Tobacco
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    U.S. Army photo by Rachel Larue

    Quitting tobacco is hard. In fact, it’s common for people to relapse several times before kicking the habit completely. Whether your preference is lighting a cigarette or using a smokeless variety, tobacco can be difficult to part with.

    As bad habits go, smoking is pretty common: More than 15 percent of Americans use cigarettes.

    Quitting can have huge benefits for your health. Those who stop smoking experience lower blood pressure, reduce coughing and phlegm, and decrease their risk of cancer and heart disease.

  • These 6 Tools Can Help You Manage Your Mental Health
    Man squatting, man reading and man meditating
    U.S. Air Force illustration by Airman 1st Class Destinee Dougherty

    Mental health is an important part of our overall wellness. Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) offers many tools for helping you keep yours in good shape.

    Whether you are looking to improve your own mental health, or find tools to help your spouse or children, DCoE has a resource ready to help.