My great-grandfather once told me that “The best and worst things in life happen at night.” I am sure that I had no idea what he was talking about at the time, but I clearly recall spending nights at my great-grandparents’ home in Jackson, Tennessee as a young boy and watching my great-grandfather pace the house at night and asking him why he always seemed to be awake. My great-grandfather William Alfred Key enlisted in the U.S. Army underage to fight in the final months of World War I and in 1940 was commissioned as an engineering officer in the beginning of World War II. He was later the State Commander of the Tennessee Veterans of Foreign Wars. Papa was my first hero and I am pretty sure he never slept.
Deployment Psychology Blog
The percentage of soldiers who "had at least one pain diagnosis" during FY 2012, according to a recent article in the journal Military Medicine, Prevalence of Pain Diagnoses and Burden of Pain Among Active Duty Soldiers, FY2012. 59% had a "primary pain diagnosis."
Welcome to this week’s edition of CDP News! We like to use this space to review recent happenings in and around the Center for Deployment Psychology, while also looking ahead to upcoming events. It's officially spring, even if it didn't feel much like it this week at CDP headquarters!
The weekly research update contains the latest news, journal articles and useful links from around the web. Some of this week's topics include:
● Training in Evidence-Based Psychological Practice at the Master's Level.
● Postconcussive symptoms (PCS) following combat-related traumatic brain injury (TBI) in Veterans with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): Influence of TBI, PTSD, and depression on symptoms measured by the Neurobehavioral Symptom Inventory (NSI).
● The Relationship between Posttraumatic and Depressive Symptoms during Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy with a Cognitive Enhancer.
I recently received some feedback on training materials I put together, about how PTSD develops after a combat trauma. I had mentioned that classical conditioning explains how stimuli that occur in close proximity can become associated, resulting in conditioned responses. Of course, I mentioned Pavlov, because, dogs! Right? I might also have mentioned that our family dog salivates and does a little happy dance right on cue every morning when I grind the coffee, just before I walk over and scoop her food into the dish.