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Articles by Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury

Experts talk knowledge translation benefits for Military Health System

Article
8/30/2017
The Military Health System Research Symposium is Defense Department's premier scientific meeting.

Dr. Richard Stoltz, Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) acting director, introduced the knowledge translation process and how using a systematic approach and best practices can impact military psychological health challenges.

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Knowledge translation: What is it, how will it help?

Article
8/29/2017
The Military Health System Research Symposium is Defense Department's premier scientific meeting.

Knowledge translation is a process to take medical research findings and put them into evidenced-based treatments in a more timely and useful way

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People with PTSD may have overactive ‘Fight or Flight’ response

Article
8/14/2017
Marines line up behind a ballistic blanket before performing a simulated door breach at Camp Pendleton, Calif. Imagine you are in a life-threatening situation. You survey your surroundings and play out various scenarios in your mind. You have seconds to decide how to protect yourself. Do you run away or do you fight your way to safety? How you react to this situation is your intuitive “fight or flight” response. (Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Cutler Brice)

Although the fight or flight response is normal, service members and combat veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder may have an elevated fight or flight response

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Improve your mental health with time away from work

Article
8/7/2017
A sailor assigned to U.S. Naval Support Facility Diego Garcia relaxes by sailing on a Pico sailboat near the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Marina. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Ryan B. Tabios)

Taking a day off may present challenges, especially if you’re on active-duty, but planning a vacation is a good way to maximize mental health self-care

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How to walk away from tobacco

Article
5/26/2017
Quitting tobacco is hard. In fact, it’s common for people to relapse several times before kicking the habit completely. Whether your preference is lighting a cigarette or using a smokeless variety, tobacco can be difficult to part with. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class James L. Miller)

As bad habits go, smoking is pretty common

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How brain injury may affect communication skills

Article
5/24/2017
Laticia Jackson, a health educator, talks to a patient. Symptoms of communication disorders after a TBI can differ depending upon the type and severity of the injury. For many, problems with communication are the result of difficulties with attention and memory, such as not being able to follow a conversation, not with the ability to speak. (U.S. Navy photo by Jason Bortz)

How a service member communicates with others can change after a traumatic brain injury

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DoD brain injury center opens more sites for military TBI care

Article
5/16/2017
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The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center recently added three new traumatic brain injury care network sites

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How to stay the course for good mental health

Article
5/2/2017
Many mental health conditions require treatment and won’t go away on their own. Putting off or dropping out of treatment could cause symptoms to get worse and impact many areas of your life. (U.S. Army photo)

Seeking help and committing to treatment for a mental health challenge is one of the best investments you can make

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Getting back on track: Changing your behavior to achieve goals

Article
4/17/2017
Tracking how you behave in situations related to your goal can help you detect which of your habits or behaviors may cause you to fail. Identifying the behaviors that led you off track is the way to help you understand what works for you and get you back on track. (U.S. Air Force photo by Bill Evans)

Tracking how you behave in situations related to your goal can help you detect which of your habits or behaviors may cause you to fail

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Celebrate good times! No luck, charms or alcohol required

Article
3/17/2017
Marine Cpl. Edward Blodgett, wears a leprechaun hat at a regimental run in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day at Camp Pendleton, California. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Khoa Pelczar)

Unless you’ve been hiding under the Blarney Stone, you’ve seen the shamrocks — St. Patrick’s Day is upon us

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Can you get a good night’s sleep in the military?

Article
2/27/2017
Soldiers from the 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment try to sleep during a 19-hour flight from Alaska to Australia. (U.S. Army photo by David Vergun)

The demands of military life are often at odds with proper rest

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Single? Deployed? These relationship tips are helpful no matter what your status is

Article
2/14/2017
Airmen from the 107th Airlift Wing, Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, N.Y., read through Valentine's Day cards presented to them. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Raymond Lloyd)

Valentine’s Day is known for cards, chocolates, flowers and sweet affirmations – but the holiday can bring a mix of emotions

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Seeing double? Brain injury could be cause

Article
2/6/2017
Ophthamologist Air Force Maj. Thuy Tran evaluates a patient during an eye exam. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel)

Visual problems after a TBI often affect eye coordination and can be difficult to diagnose

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Winter sports safety: Got a helmet?

Article
2/2/2017
Army National Guard Spc. Charity McGeary, a combat medic with the 856th Military Police Company, does a backflip on her snowboard at Arizona Snowbowl in Flagstaff, Arizona. About 20 percent of skiing or snowboarding injuries are head injuries. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brian Barbour)

Most people don’t associate winter sports with concussions the way football, soccer and lacrosse are

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New year, new medicine cabinet

Article
1/13/2017
The Military Health System has a drug take back program to help service members and their families dispose of their medications safely. The Department of Justice also has a national take-back initiative. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Valerie Monroy)

Many of our medicine cabinets have bottles of prescribed and over-the-counter medications that are expired or that we no longer use

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