Deployment Psychology Blog

Staff Perspective: Addressing Anger in PTSD Treatment

Let’s take a look at a specific model of CBT to treat anger. The premise of this treatment model is that anger develops from unmet expectations. Norman Cotterell, Ph.D., Clinical Coordinator, Beck Institute, puts it this way: “We expect people to treat us fairly and they don’t. We expect children to respect the wishes of their elders and they don’t. We expect the government to have our needs at heart and it doesn’t. Each time there is a gap between expectation and reality, anger is more than willing to fill in that gap. We may decline. We may accept. But it’s important to know that it’s a choice we are making” *. Perceived loss of control for getting important values met causes anger. 

By the Numbers: 17 June 2019

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The percentage of "a nationally representative sample of U.S. veterans" with "probable" alcohol use disorder (AUD) who met criteria for "probable PTSD," according to an article in the journal Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, The burden of co-occurring alcohol use disorder and PTSD in U.S. Military veterans: Comorbidities, functioning, and suicidality. Among those with "probable PTSD," the researchers found that "16.8% met criteria for probable AUD." 

CDP News: 14 June 2019

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. We're already halfway through June, but we've still got lots more coming up this month!

Research Update: 13 June 2019

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The weekly Research Update contains the latest news, journal articles, useful links from around the web. As part of PTSD Awareness month, we've got a handful of specific PTSD-related topics and more! Some of this week's topics include:
● Initiation of evidence-based psychotherapies in Veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder.
● Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms, Functioning, and Suicidal Ideation in US Military Veterans: A Symptomics Approach.
● Posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms improve after an integrated brief alcohol intervention for OEF/OIF/OND veterans.
● Intimate partner cohesion and military unit cohesion: Different types of interpersonal relationships each uniquely predict soldier well-being.

Staff Perspective: Treating Post-Traumatic Nightmares

Diana Dolan, Ph.D., CBSM

What is one of the most common symptoms that comes to mind when you think of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)? If you thought of nightmares, you’re not wrong. In fact, up to 61% of people who have PTSD experience nightmares on a regular basis (Pigeon, Campbell, Possemato, & Ouimette, 2013).