Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) will recognize National PTSD Awareness Day with a Twitter chat 1-2 p.m. (ET) June 27. Deployment Health Clinical Center Director Capt. Carrie Kennedy and National Center of Telehealth & Technology AfterDeployment Program Director Dr. David Bradshaw will discuss what PTSD is and isn’t. Kennedy and Bradshaw are psychologists and military mental health experts.
Twitter Chat: Military Experts Answer Your Questions on PTSD, Stress Understanding Cultural Differences and Health Care
Cultural identity can affect how service members and their families engage with their health care providers. A recent Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) webinar addressed these impacts and how health care providers can help minimize them.
Our Diverse Military
Like the larger American population, those who serve their country in the military represent an intersection of people from every race, class, gender and sexual orientation.
Be Kind to Yourself: Understanding and Implementing Self-Compassion
The golden rule encourages you to treat others how you want to be treated. However, can you truly do that if you’re not nice to yourself? The first step before lending a helping hand to others is to be kind to you – practice self-compassion. You can do this by taking steps to understand what being compassionate means.
“To have compassion is to suffer together,” said Deployment Health Clinical Center Clinical Psychologist and Special Assistant to the Director Dr. Christina Schendel. “As humans, we have a capacity to have empathy for other humans or animals. Compassion requires a feeling of wanting to do something.”
You may notice the compassionate gestures of others. Whether it is giving a homeless person something to eat or helping an elderly woman carry groceries to her car, these acts show willingness to react and make a difference.
Is Depression Affecting Your Military Family? These New Resources Can Help
New publications for military communities to learn more about depression are now available to download on the Deployment Health Clinical Center (DHCC) website.
“We created these materials to help patients and family members better understand and manage depression, a very common health concern,” said Cmdr. Angela Williams, chief of evidence-based practice at DHCC.
They include a brochure, “Depression: Fast Facts for Families” and a booklet, “Understanding Depression: A Resource for Providers and Patients,” which DHCC created through a collaborative effort with the Defense Department and Department of Veterans Affairs.
Real Warriors: Roles of Family, Loved Ones in Substance Misuse
Substance misuse affects the entire family, and understanding how to cope is important. The road to recovery isn’t easy; it takes a fair amount of time and effort.
The Real Warriors Campaign recently published an article about what to do – and not do – when you are concerned about a loved one’s substance misuse.
Working With Your Provider: Does Rank Impact Therapy?
Getting medical treatment and therapy from the Military Health System can pose unique challenges. For example, sometimes the issue of military rank comes up. What happens when a health care provider is lower ranking than the patient? Does rank affect the doctor-patient relationship?
Retired Capt. Richard D. Bergthold shares his experiences with military rank in the treatment setting below. Bergthold is the Navy Clinical Psychology Internship Program director at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.