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Mind over Mood: The Power of Positive Thinking

Source: U.S. Army photo by Spc. Alexander Naylor/ ReleasedWhether you are experiencing a traumatic event or the stresses of every day life, positive thinking can greatly improve mood and behavior. Recognizing and changing negative thoughts to positive ones can give you more control over your reactions to stressful situations.Six Ways to Avoid Negative ThinkingBelow are six ways to avoid negative thinking with real life examples showing how you can alter your thoughts:1. Don’t Overgeneralize. Overgeneralization is the belief that because something happened once it will happen again.

How to Develop Healthy Sleep Habits

Source: U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Michel SauretSleep is important in life, just like air, food and water. It allows your body to heal, boosts your immune system and improves learning and memory. With healthy sleep habits, you are more likely to perform your best, whether you are at home, deployed or away for training.

Understanding and Managing Anxiety Disorders

Source: U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Eric Provost, Task Force Patriot PAOWe all worry or feel anxious at times, but if these feelings interfere with daily activities you may want to check in with your health care provider. Being aware of your own anxiety symptoms or concerns and knowing what to do about them may help you stay mission ready.Anxiety Disorders and their SymptomsAnxiety is a feeling of fearfulness and uncertainty. Anxiety disorders last at least six months and can get worse if not addressed. Here is a list of common anxiety disorders:

Discussing your Psychological Health with a Provider

Source: U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Cohen A. Young/ReleasedMaking a plan to talk with a health care provider about your psychological health concerns is an important step toward improving your overall health. If you have been through trauma or other challenges, it may be hard to talk about your experiences. A health care provider can help you understand your feelings and maintain your mental fitness. This article offers useful tips to help you choose a provider, prepare for your first appointment and make the most of your visit.

Accessing Care at Military Treatment Facilities

Source: U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Teddy Wade/ReleasedMilitary treatment facilities provide emergency and non-emergency care for both physical and invisible wounds covered by TRICARE. If you are experiencing stress, anxiety, depression or any other psychological health concern, you can access services at military treatment facilities to help you cope. This article will help active-duty service members and their families learn about the types of psychological health care offered at military treatment facilities and how to access them.

Understanding Moral Injury

U.S. Army photo by Spc. Brian Chaney/ReleasedAs a service member, you may encounter inner conflicts, ethical or moral challenges during deployments, special missions, or in the course of one’s duty.  You may be required to act in ways that go against your moral beliefs or witness behaviors by others that make you feel uncomfortable.1 These experiences can lead to moral injury.This article explores the concept of moral injury, why a service member might experience it and the resources available for care and support.

Real Warriors App: Saluting and Supporting Those Who Serve

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Treatment Options for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Source: U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Austin Hazard/ReleasedPosttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a psychological health concern that can occur following a traumatic or life-threatening event. You can learn to cope with and recover from these events over time. However, others may experience stress-related changes in behavior that continue for months and develop into PTSD.1 Just as service members may experience different symptoms of PTSD, there are several options for care. This article provides information about the types of care and treatment available for PTSD and how to access them.

1st Sgt. Simon Sandoval: Reaching Out is A Sign of Strength

Photo courtesy of 1st Sgt. Simon SandovalExperiencing psychological stress as a result of life transitions, deployment or other long-term separations can be common in military life. This stress can impact a service member’s personal relationships, physical fitness routines and overall psychological health. The newest Real Warriors Campaign profile, 1st Sgt. Simon Sandoval, knows firsthand that it is difficult to cope with these stressors alone.

Understanding and Using Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines

Photo by Osakabe YasuoClinical practice guidelines (CPGs) are designed to help health care professionals and patients make informed decisions related to health care delivery. The Defense Department (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs work together to create CPGs that meet the needs of both the military and veterans’ health care systems.  These guidelines serve as a tool to improve patient care and reduce variations in how care is delivered. ”1In this article, learn about each of the guidelines available, benefits of using the guidelines and where to access them.

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