Welcome to this week’s edition of CDP News! We like to use this space to review recent happenings in and around the Center for Deployment Psychology, while also looking ahead to upcoming events. We’re getting close to the holidays, so the next few weeks are going to be a bit slow, but we’ve still got a few announcements to talk about.
Deployment Psychology Blog
The CDP's weekly research update contains the latest news, journal articles and useful links from around the web. Some of this week's topics include:
● Holidays and PTSD: PTSD Monthly Update, December 2016
● Influence of Sleep Disturbance on Global Functioning After Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Treatment.
From the late 1760’s through 1780, Captain James Cook and his small fleet had fantastic adventures. His ships were small with relatively light crews who did not have particularly good health practices (this was the late 1700’s, so we’ll give them a pass since toothpaste and masculine-scented body wash weren’t invented yet). Yet, they circumnavigated the globe multiple times, visiting exotic locations like Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia, Tahiti, and Alaska. Captain Cook and his crew are mostly remembered for their intrepid voyages and consequent additions to English sea charts, but they also achieved something even more remarkable for sailors at the time: almost none of them died of scurvy (Berwick, 2003) . How did he do it? He forced everyone on his ships to eat sauerkraut every day.
The percentage of U.S. military Veterans who reported having pain in the previous three months, according to a study recently published online by The Journal of Pain -- Severe Pain in Veterans: The Impact of Age and Sex, and Comparisons to the General Population. The researchers note that 9.1% of those Veterans were " classified as having severe pain."