Deployment Psychology Blog

By the Number: 17 May 2021

11.9%

The estimated percentage of veterans who used cannabis during the past six months, according to a study recently published online ahead of print in the journal Addictive Behaviors -- Prevalence of cannabis use, disorder, and medical card possession in U.S. military veterans: Results from the 2019-2020 National Health and Resilience in Veterans Study.

Research Update: 13 May 2021

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The weekly Research Update contains the latest news, journal articles, useful links from around the web. Some of this week's topics include: 
● Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and the Implementation of Antiracism (Viewpoint)
● Time Since Injury as a Factor in Post-Concussion Symptom Reporting among Military Service Members with Blast-Related Concussion.
● Underreporting on the MMPI-2-RF extends to extra-test measures of suicide risk.

Staff Perspective: Motivational Interviewing - Just Good Clinical Skills

Dr Diana Dolan

You have probably heard of motivational interviewing (MI), a therapeutic approach to working with patients who are considering making a behavior change. Initially developed with alcohol use disorders, it has spread to other types of behavior change, including health-related behaviors. The goals is to help patients generate change from within, arguably making it more lasting.

By the Numbers: 10 May 2021

556%

The percent increase of telemental health appointments in the VA Health Care System from January to April of 2020. Although this level has likely fallen off as in-person appointments become more available, it’s clear that telemental health will be a much larger part of mental health care than it has been. In a recent study consumer openness to telehealth jumped from 11% pre-COIVD to 76% post-COVID.

Research Update: 6 May 2021

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The weekly Research Update contains the latest news, journal articles, useful links from around the web. Some of this week's topics include: 
● Biopsychosocial factors and health outcomes associated with cannabis, opioids and benzodiazepines use among older veterans.
● Disentangling associations between military service, race, and incarceration in the U.S. population.
● Mental health service utilization after military missions: The double-edged consequences of unit-level organizational support.

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