Depledge & Bird (2009) described the “blue gym” as an approach to promote well-being through being active in water environments such as surfing, kayaking, swimming, or walking along the beach. Being active can be stimulated by being near natural water. Stronger communities, stress reduction, and increased physical activity are three benefits from regular contact with natural environments. The blue gym helps us to connect to each other and the value of nature and our aquatic environments. There are some recent reports looking at the positive impact of surfing on PTSD symptoms for Veterans.
Blog posts with the tag "Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder"
If a client proclaimed during a session that drugs with abuse potential are beneficial in managing PTSD symptoms, most therapists would identify this as cause for concern. When drugs with abuse potential are used in response to PTSD symptoms, they generally maintain or exacerbate the condition. For example, the classic client with alcohol use disorder and PTSD drinks to avoid trauma-related thoughts and reduce heightened arousal symptoms (e.g., hypervigilance).
There is a growing body of evidence that examines and attempts to address the challenges of working with a group of individuals presenting with a combination of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), Suicidal/Non-Suicidal Self-directed Injury (NSSDI), and PTSD. These symptoms combine to create a cycle that is difficult to break. At a fundamental level, the individual struggles to manage their emotions effectively and can often be impulsive. Impulsive behavior is a reaction to overwhelming emotional experiences and the overwhelming emotion often elicits suicidal/NSSDI behaviors.
The percentage of the Veteran population in VA care in FY13 who had no mental health diagnoses, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs -- National Veteran Health Equity Report, which "details patterns and provides comparative rates of health conditions for vulnerable Veteran groups."
It is my pleasure to announce a brand new resource that is now available on our website: Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) Session Notes! Drs. Lefkowitz, Nofziger, and myself have been working hard for the better part of the last year to put together a series of brief videos that review the key agenda items and interventions for each session in the CPT protocol. We chose to use a platform that allowed us to present the material in a unique and engaging manner (spoiler alert: each video includes a cartoon version of yours truly).