Military Mental Health

Solving the Mystery of Military Mental Health: A Call to Action

December 18, 2018

The iconic scene when George C. Scott slaps the soldier with PTSD in Patton and calls him a “yellow-bellied coward” mirrors the historic and continued ambivalence of the military toward the psychological wounds of war.

Vietnam, 50 Years Later: Remembering Those Who Served

November 05, 2018

The mental health challenges that arose in Vietnam over the course of the war were in many respects both prodigious and unprecedented. An estimated 200 psychiatrists, including two women, served in Vietnam with the Army, Navy, and Air Force between 1964 and 1973.

Burden, Belonging, and Capability: An Interpersonal View of Military Suicides

March 29, 2017

It would be logical to attribute the surge of suicides in the military to simultaneous prolonged engagement in combat, repeated deployments, and attendant stress. But studies have failed to connect deployments to suicide risk.

A First-Episode Psychosis Treatment Program: “The Disease Doesn’t Define Me”

February 28, 2017

The Psychiatric Transition Program at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego is a specialized first-episode psychosis program that provides coordinated specialty care to active-duty service members with serious mental illness.