For providers steeped in the use of evidence-based psychotherapies, it is important to keep in mind the relief from suicidal ideation that can be achieved through the use of combination therapy (psychotherapy plus pharmacotherapy). For patients experiencing suicidal ideation with intent, it is especially critical to alert patients to the option of psychiatric medications, and to support their decision to pursue pharmacotherapy in conjunction with psychotherapy.
Deployment Psychology Blog
"Prevalence of PTSD Among OEF/OIF Veterans Using VA Health Care, FY2002–FY2012," according to a recently released report from the Congressional Research Service (CRS), Mental Disorders Among OEF/OIF Veterans Using VA Health Care: Facts and Figures.
Happy Friday and welcome to this week's CDP News Update, where we take a quick look at recent and upcoming happenings in and around the CDP. First up, we've spent this week running our "Topics in Deployment Psychology" Training in Bethesda. The first few days have gone well and hopefully the three days next week will continue in the same fashion.
The CDP's weekly research update contains the latest news, journal articles and useful links from around the web. Some of this week's topics include:
• Suicide Data Report, 2012 (VA)
• Sleep Disorders and Associated Medical Comorbidities in Active Duty Military Personnel.
• The relation of mild traumatic brain injury to chronic lapses of attention.
• The Impact of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder on Blood Pressure and Heart Rate in a Veteran
I recently learned about updates to the Naval Center for Combat & Operational Stress Control’s Psychological Health Pathways (PHP) Initiative in a conversation with the center’s director, CAPT Scott L. Johnston. Here is an interview with CAPT Johnston to tell us more about the role of PHP and how it will help our Sailors and Marines access and receive mental health care.