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Category: Military

Military and Veterans Suicide Prevention: Unpacking Unique Stressors in the Military Community

By Marjan Holloway, PhD, Beck Institute Speaker & Supervisor and Hallie Grossman, Communications Coordinator Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, military suicides have increased by as much as 20 percent compared to the same period in 2019. Historically, suicide has been one of the three leading causes of death among service members in the United States. These stark statistics provide a window into the unique vulnerabilities and treatment needs of our military…
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Military & Veteran Suicide Prevention and Motorcycles

By Sarah Fleming, BA, PR Specialist I recently had the honor of traveling to Wrightsville Beach, NC, to meet a special group of Beck Institute donors. Each year, the Iron Order Motorcycle Club, Jacksonville, NC Chapter, organizes a fundraiser for our Military and Veteran Suicide Prevention Training Fund-- a special scholarship fund that Beck Institute created to provide training scholarships for clinicians who treat active duty military, veterans, and their…
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Trauma Treatment: Evidence-Based Approaches versus Intuitive Approaches

The negative outcomes of past intuitive treatment reinforced one of the most common and fundamental beliefs of PTSD: “I am incompetent.” The woman perceived through past experiences in and out of therapy that something within her was so broken that she was beyond help, leading to a cycle of hopelessness, suicidality, and treatment avoidance.

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Behavioral Activation Tip

Depressed clients often isolate themselves from others and withdraw from life. To counter the isolation and withdrawal common to depression, therapists can introduce behavioral activation. This strategy entails getting clients more active and involved in life by scheduling activities that have the potential to improve their mood.

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PTSD as a Survival Mechanism

PTSD as a Survival Mechanism by Norman Cotterell, PhD Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), as defined in the DSM-V, is characterized by 5 symptoms. The last four must last longer than a month and cause significant distress: Exposure to trauma: death or threat of death or injury.Intrusive symptoms: memories, flashbacks, psychological distress, physical distress.Avoidance: trying not to think about the trauma, avoiding places that remind you of it.Negative alterations in thought and mood: amnesia, negative beliefs,…
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