Deployment Psychology Blog

Practically Speaking: Behind the Episode: The Big Bears

Dr. Carin Lefkowitz

The confidence to effectively treat comorbid substance use disorders and mental illness has always eluded me. I can competently explain the rationale for treating both concurrently and I happily collaborate with providers who can address significant substance use concerns. But the task of becoming familiar with effective treatments (such as medication-assisted treatment) feels overwhelming to me. This is unfortunate because the need for such expertise clearly exists.

Research Update: July 11 2024

The weekly Research Update contains the latest news, journal articles, and useful links from around the web. Some of this week's topics include:

● Racial and Ethnic and Rural Variations in Access to Primary Care for Veterans Following the MISSION Act.
● Major Psychiatric Disorders, Substance Use Behaviors, and Longevity.
● Health Status and Mental Health of Transgender and Gender-Diverse Adults.
● Correlates of depression in individuals with obsessive compulsive disorder.

Practically Speaking: Behind the Episode - E Is For “Enhanced”: CBT-E For Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are a significant and often underreported issue within the U.S. military, affecting service members' health, readiness, and overall well-being. These disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge-eating disorder, present unique challenges in the military environment due to the intense physical and psychological demands placed on personnel. The pressure to maintain certain weight standards and physical fitness levels can exacerbate the risk of developing unhealthy eating behaviors, contributing to the prevalence of these disorders among service members.