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Mental Health Care

Mental health, or psychological health, encompasses the well-being of mind, body and spirit and contributes to overall health and resilience. Throughout the military community, additional stressors placed on individuals and families adds to the importance of maintaining awareness of internal and external demands on health and of the many resources available to support psychological health.

Signs of Distress

Some signs of distress could include:

  • Drinking more heavily than normal
  • Agitation or anger
  • Withdrawing from families and friends
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Sadness or depression

Many of these tips may seem like common sense, but when faced with challenging life situations these things are often the first things that get neglected.

When psychological health is neglected and mental health concerns arise, it is natural to deny there's anything wrong. Sometimes the last person to recognize symptoms is the one who needs help, so it's important to recognize symptoms in friends, loved ones or oneself and to say something.

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Reclaiming your life is purpose of PTSD program

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Brooke Army Medical Center’s Intensive Outpatient Program for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder program launched two years ago to offer short-term, focused care to service members with PTSD

Related Topics: Access to Health Care | Military Hospitals and Clinics | Posttraumatic Stress Disorder | Mental Health Care | Mental Wellness

U.S. service member hospitalizations for mental health disorders drops to lowest level in seven years

Service Members mental health disorders

A new study shows the number of hospitalizations for active duty service members suffering from mental health disorders dropped to the lowest level in seven years.

Related Topics: Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch | Health Readiness | Public Health | Mental Health Care

Web, mobile technology helps MHS beneficiaries assess, improve mental health

Breathe2Relax, a mobile app, teaches how to reduce tension by breathing from the diaphragm, a deeper type of breathing that helps to induce a calming response in widely different circumstances.

DHA mental health professional talks mobile and web technologies that are available to beneficiaries

Related Topics: Mental Health Care | Mental Wellness | Technology

Resources help new military moms gain resiliency against post-partum depression

New mothers can sometimes feel overwhelmed, which can sometimes result in post-partum depression.

Feeling the “baby blues” is common for new moms. But it could develop into post-partum depression. Experts offer tips on how to recognize it and how to prevent it.

Related Topics: Mental Wellness | Sleep | Mental Health Care | Women's Health

Having good mental health is essential to readiness

Capt. Robert DeMartino, director of Mental Health Policy for the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, discusses mental health programs available to service members and beneficiaries who are experiencing stress from everyday life.

DHA mental health professional talks about the services that are available to beneficiaries

Related Topics: Mental Health Care | Mental Wellness

Find help for mental health challenges – big or small

Since 1949, May has been observed as National Mental Health Awareness Month, an opportunity to bring about greater awareness of psychological health concerns and conditions, to offer support for those who are living with these conditions, and to promote increased access to care and treatment.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and the perfect time to learn about the tools that may help you improve your overall mental health

Related Topics: Mental Wellness | Mental Health Care

New DoD mobile app helps diffuse nightmares for better sleep

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Dream EZ is the first mobile app that uses imagery rehearsal therapy to address nightmares

Related Topics: Technology | Mental Wellness | Mental Health Care

Depression 101

Infographic about Depression symptoms and treatment

Infographic explaining the different types of depression, their symptoms and treatment options

Related Topics: Mental Health Care

Take the first step toward better mental health

Navy Capt. Mike Colston, director, Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury

Navy Capt. Mike Colston, director, Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, outlines resources available and why people should not fear reaching out for help.

Related Topics: Mental Health Care

Military children use website to cope with stress, connect with each other

Kids talking at a table outside

On Military Kids Connect, a DoD website that promotes mental health literacy for military youth, children offer tips and share their stories about growing up in a military family. The site contains interactive resources that promote positive mental health strategies for dealing with the stress of having family members in the military.

Related Topics: Children's Health | Mental Health Care | Deployment Health | Mental Wellness | Technology

Shine some light on the winter blues

Got the wintertime blues? You’re not alone. But Navy Medicine attests there are ways to shine some light to prevent and cope with the dark days of winter. (U.S. Air Force photo Senior Airman George Goslin)

The winter blues affects approximately 10-20 percent of the U.S. population

Related Topics: Operation Live Well | Mental Health Care

Daylight deprivation causes depression during autumn, winter months

Military personnel can suffer from a form of depression known as seasonal affective disorder or SAD, which results from a lack of daylight during the cold, dark months of autumn and winter.

Lack of daylight brings with it “dark days.”

Related Topics: Mental Wellness | Winter Safety | Mental Health Care | Operation Live Well

High-stress holidays can leave their mark with anxiety, depression

Soldier holding his head in his hands

Holiday stress and depression can carry over after the New Year if not recognized. Those affected by post-holiday stress should get back to their normal routines and identify any pressures that affect their mental health.

Related Topics: Mental Health Care | Mental Wellness | Operation Live Well

Suicide prevention starts with awareness of warning signs

The complex issue of suicide and suicide prevention involves not only mental health professionals, but the community at large. The best advice to friends, families and loved ones who are concerned about someone at risk: be aware, be vigilant and never be timid about talking to that person about his or her feelings.

Helping the Hopeless: Family, friends, & community can help a person at risk of suicide by simply being aware

Related Topics: Suicide Prevention | Posttraumatic Stress Disorder | Mental Health Care | Substance Abuse | Mental Wellness

Scientists investigate ways to help soldiers recover from stress

Researchers at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center are leading a study to investigate ways to help Soldiers increase their cognitive resilience under stress. (Photo by Dr. Caroline Davis, NSRDEC Cognitive Science Team)

Finding ways for soldiers to become more cognitively resilient may help increase performance and possibly improve decision-making, effectiveness and survivability.

Related Topics: Technology | Medical Research and Development | Mental Wellness | Mental Health Care
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