The COVID-19 pandemic brought about significant challenges for healthcare systems worldwide, with behavioral health services being particularly overwhelmed by the increased demand for mental health support. Even before the pandemic, many behavioral health clinics throughout the Military Healthcare System (MHS) and in the civilian sector were contending with increased demand for services beyond the capacity of the system to provide them. Traditional models of therapy rooted in 45- or 50-min individual therapy sessions, while appropriate in many situations and presentations, are not what everyone needs.
Blog posts with the tag "mTBI"
In this blog, Dr. Rogers will review recent research examining the link between mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) and insomnia. The blog will also highlight considerations for treating insomnia with patients who have experienced a MTBI.
Since 2000 over 449,000 service members have had at least one documented TBI, of which approximately 82% are mild (Traumatic Brain Injury Center of Excellence, 2021). These injuries occur as part of mission-related activities while in-theater or during training exercises or as part of recreational activities. Many patients report experiencing headaches, memory and concentration issues, changes in mood, and increased irritability, depression, anxiety, and sleep problems (Mayo Clinic Staff, 2021).
Although most commonly associated with the treatment of major depressive disorder with seasonal pattern (seasonal affective disorder [SAD]) and sleep disruptions, bright light therapy has been proposed as an effective treatment for other mental health conditions common in the military, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and chronic pain. In this blog, we will review the findings of several recent studies that investigated this intervention in military-connected samples.
After exploring the effects on the immediate family, I’d like to refocus on the injured Service member/Veteran and highlight some important resources for better understanding the experiences of TBI through the words of the survivors themselves. The following links highlight several examples of interviews and documentaries with Service members and Veterans who experienced TBI during their military careers.