If you’re reading this, you’re probably one of those tree-hugging vegans who wants to bring their dog to work every day. Me too. Full disclosure: I wrote this blog mostly so I could watch cat videos on company time. But perhaps you have more noble aspirations, such as understanding the current state of research on animal-assisted therapy for military clients. A quick Internet search suggests you’re not alone.
Blog posts with the tag "Service Members"
Working with Veterans with PTSD is an intense experience where all focus can be on helping alleviate the Veteran's symptoms. What can sometimes get lost in this process is how the Veteran's family and relationships are surviving. PTSD does not happen in a bubble and can have very harsh impacts on relationships. These relationships will be changed even in the best case scenarios. On the flip side, aspects of close relationships will impact how the Veteran's PTSD symptoms are experienced. Following is a review of a recent research article which develops a multi-dimentional model of how relationship qualities can both be impacted by and affect the experience of PTSD.
We have had a lot of questions about personality disorders since the new DSM-V was released earlier this year. The personality disorders (PD) are still included in the revised DSM but are no longer listed on Axis II. I will briefly summarize the PD’s before briefly discussing PD’s in the military. When diagnosing personality disorders it is best to consider a long-term, stable pattern of behavior that meets multiple diagnostic criteria (often five or more). I encourage clinicians to obtain corroborating information from family and long-term friends if possible prior to diagnosis. Please note, that the purpose of this blog is not to diagnose friends, family and co-workers.
A colleague of mine recommended I read the book "Soul Repair: Recovering from Moral Injury after War" after a discussion on the topic of moral injury. In this article, I review the book from my perspective as a clinician who has worked with service members who likely had moral injuries and as a former active duty Service member.
Dr. Annie Murray is a United States Navy psychologist. She is prior USN helicopter pilot and a current staff psychologist at Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD). I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to sit down with her to discuss her background in aviation and her thoughts on how psychology might relate to that community.