mental health

Unique Advantages of Embedded OSCAR Teams

By Lt. Cmdr. John M. Burger, officer in charge, 1st Marine Regiment, Operational Stress Control and Readiness (OSCAR) program As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were unfolding, Headquarters Marine Corps and the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery agreed to embed active duty mental health providers and corpsmen within deployed Marine Corps infantry units. This strategy had been implemented …

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Flight Surgeons – Making a Stressful Occupation Look Cool

By Lt. Cmdr. Shawnna Chee, PsyD, ABPP, aerospace clinical neuropsychologist, Naval Aerospace Medical Institute How can something that looks so cool possibly be so stressful? As an aerospace clinical neuropsychologist at Naval Aerospace Medical Institute (NAMI) in Pensacola, Florida, nearly all pilots and air crew I see deny any kind of stress related to their jobs; or if they do mention it, …

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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Compassion Fatigue

By U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Public Affairs 1. Do you know what compas­sion fatigue is? Here’s a hint: it doesn’t mean you’re tired of being compassionate. Com­passion fatigue is a chronic, long-term exhaustion and trau­matic stress injury associated with reliving the suffering of the person you are caring for. And it’s not just something that affects medical …

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I am Navy Medicine: Lt. Cmdr. Christopher T. Ragsdale, LCSW

By Lt. Cmdr. Christopher T. Ragsdale Editor’s note: Throughout March, we’re honoring the important contributions of Navy social workers. Our social workers connect Sailors, Marines and their family members with the care and support they need. Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Ragsdale is U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery’s resident subject matter expert in community systems and psychological trauma. A Licensed …

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NMCSD Taking the Lead on Mind Body Medicine and Hosting the first Military and Veteran Resiliency Medicine Summit

Editor’s Note:  On February 25-26, Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) will be hosting the first Military and Veteran Resiliency Medicine Summit as a way to equip healthcare providers with the cutting edge in self-care resiliency tools by highlighting the latest research, best practices throughout the DoD/VA and hands-on workshops to introduce various self-care skills such as mindfulness meditation and …

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