• Depression Awareness: If Treatment isn’t Working, Tell Your Provider
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    Depression affects millions of people every year. Most people diagnosed  with depression recover with proper therapy and medication. However, if patients don’t improve, they should speak with a health care provider about another diagnosis. Symptoms of depression vary from person to person and often overlap with other health conditions.

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    Occasional sadness is normal, but if you experience these feelings for a prolonged period of time, something else may be going on. Depression can affect your thoughts, mood and daily life. Even mild depression can become more serious if left untreated.

  • Living with Depression: How to Cope with Symptoms
    Graphic by Sidney R. Hinds III, Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury

    Living with depression can make your daily life challenging. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways you can safely deal with depression to help minimize the effect it may have on your life.

    Contacting a provider is always a good first step if you are living with depression. Beyond that, consider different approaches that can help with your depression symptoms.

    • Stay active – When you have depression, you may feel a lack of motivation to engage in physical activity. You may also feel tempted to eat foods high in sugars or fats for the temporary rush they can offer. Unfortunately, not taking care of your body can compound the negative effects depression has on your mind.


  • Transgender Care: Understanding People to Deliver Better Care
    Word art in the shape of a transgender symbol with the prominent words being gender, transgender, health and healthcare
    Graphic by Sidney R. Hinds III, Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Heath & Traumatic Brain Injury

    More than one million adults in the U.S. identify as transgender. Of those, an estimated 2,450 transgender individuals serve an active-duty role in the U.S. military.

    In order to give adequate, culturally sensitive care to these individuals, providers must understand unique stressors of the transgender experience.

    Holly O’Reilly, a clinical psychologist with the Deployment Health Clinical Center (DHCC), discussed these stressors and care options for transgender service members at the 2017 Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury annual summit.


  • 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.