DCoE hot-topic blogs of 2016
THroughout 2016, the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE), National Center for Telehealth and Technology, AfterDeployment, Real Warriors Campaign and A Head for the Future addressed many issues related to psychological health and traumatic brain injury on their respective blogs.
These articles featured ways to prevent, recognize and treat depression, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or traumatic brain injury (TBI); tips for better sleep; how to manage sports injuries; and more.
Below is a snapshot of stories we think are worth a second look:
- 6 mobile apps to help you fight depression Learn about mobile apps to help cope with the symptoms of depression while working with a health care provider.
- DCoE director: Honing our efforts to reduce suicide – A public health scourge Navy Capt. Mike Colston, director of DCoE, wrote this article on the importance of suicide prevention. Colston spotlights research, knowledge translation and policy changes within the Defense Department that help efforts to prevent suicide.
- 4 tips to end numbness and reconnect with your emotions It’s easy to become emotionally numb or disconnected when coping with a psychological health concern. Staying connected with your emotions is important for recovery.
- Counting sheep? 10 tips to help foster healthy sleep habits Sleep is vital for a healthy brain. This article shares easy tips to improve sleep habits and resources for anyone having trouble with sleep.
- Equine-assisted learning: Not just horsing around Horses can help service members and veterans recover from TBI, return to duty and reintegrate in their communities. Learn more about the process known as equine-assisted learning in this article.
- What is PTSD? This easy-to-read infographic covers the basics of PTSD. The graphic, which is available for download, includes the common causes, symptom categories, statistics and clinically recommended treatment options.
- DCoE webinar rewind: Experts explain new clinical guideline for concussion headaches Experts from the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center and Department of Veterans Affairs share information and insights on new recommendations for treating headaches following a concussion.
- Experts explore how combat roles may affect women’s psychological health The military is a lot different for women today than it was 20 years ago. This article covers the expansion of roles for women in the military, the challenges female service members may face, and how those challenges may affect their psychological health.
- Understanding different types of therapy Reaching out for help is a sign of strength. However, it’s hard to ask for help without understanding what resources are available. The Real Warriors Campaign highlights four types of outpatient therapies available for service members with psychological health concerns.
- As a psychologist, I can't take away your gun There are many reasons why service members don’t seek mental health treatment. In this blog post, Larry Pruitt, a clinical psychologist with the National Center for Telehealth and Technology, responds to the fear of a service member who worries about losing his gun if he seeks help.
- Help loved ones with depression, but take care of yourself This AfterDeployment article discusses the challenges of helping a loved one with depression, and the importance of taking care of you in the process. It highlights five tips for helping family members and friends with depression and four steps to make sure you take care of yourself.
- From accident survivor to ski instructor: A veteran recovers from a severe TBI After graduation from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Kevin Ormsby joined the U.S. Olympic freestyle ski team to train. An accident on the slopes left him with a severe TBI. This blog shares his incredible journey of recovery.
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