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.
Blog posts with the tag "Staff Perspective"
It’s that time where we all reflect on 2021 (what a year!) and prepare for the year ahead. For me that also involves the routine, yet important task of renewing my professional insurance. A key element in that renewal process is to review the continuing education trainings I’ve completed. As I reflect on these professional activities, it also stirs excitement about things to come. Below I will share several new and continuing initiatives within CDP. As you professionally wrap up 2021 and move into 2022, use this blog as a guide to highlight CDP events of interest.
Last week, from 10-12 January, the Center for Deployment Psychology presented the first iteration of The Winter Institute session of our "Pathways to Military Internship" program. This course is offered to doctoral students who are interested in learning more about military internships in the U.S. Army, Navy, or Air Force. It is intended to act as an offshoot of the exisiting Summer Institute.
Ah, the post-holiday blues! We've all seen them, if not in others than in ourselves. Why do they happen? How do they actually make a lot of sense? This blog shares a way to explain this phenomenon that can actually help people understand their increased depression after the holidays in a way that lessens their potential guilt for having the blues.
As I write this, I am wrapping up end of year tasks (this is one of the last must-dos) and looking forward to 2022. I think it is going to look much different than any of us expected. I know for myself, I thought, perhaps naively, that we would be past some of the COVID challenges. I was hopeful at this time last year that we would be back to some normalcy. While things are different than a year ago, we still have a long way to go in managing life as COVID continues to bring more challenges and new variants.