In the 1980s the Israeli Defense Forces published, "Fear and Trembling in the Motor Pool." Please find and read it. PTSD is an adjustment disorder best served by "buddy care," rather than dealing with it as a psychosis.
Mental Health and TBI Care Challenge
You can help shape the future of mental health and traumatic brain injury care!
Mental health is as important as physical health. However, many people with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or traumatic brain injury (TBI) don’t get the care they need – including our nation’s service members.
Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) exists to improve the lives of our nation's service members, veterans, and their families by advancing excellence in psychological health and traumatic brain injury prevention and care – and we want to hear from you.
We challenge you to share your thoughts on improving care.
If you could pitch an idea to fill gaps in care and improve the well-being of people with PTSD or traumatic brain injury, what would it be?
Gaps in care may exist in areas such as prevention, diagnosis and identification, treatment, or research. Solutions can include ideas for new services, technologies, products, or specific research related to PTSD and TBI.
You can make a difference
Your input is valuable and we want to hear from everyone — whether you are a caregiver, a clinician, someone living with PTSD or TBI, or someone with a good idea to share. You don’t have to be an expert to participate.
How do I share my idea?
For submission instructions and rules on eligibility, see the Entry Form Instructions Instructions page. We also provide tips on how to create a strong submission. Top submissions will include recommendations for specific areas where DCoE can focus its resources, along with actionable solutions that would help patients, providers and caregivers.
I submitted my idea, now what?
After you enter your idea, we encourage you and your friends, to explore all of the ideas in the challenge to leave comments and vote for your favorites.
- Selection Process: Once the challenge is complete, DCoE leadership will evaluate all entries using the criteria listed on the Judging Process page. DCoE may use the information provided via challenge entries to inform future research and the development of new products and services.
- Award: The person(s) submitting the winning submission will have an opportunity to present his or her idea to senior military health leadership in addition to being eligible for additional awards. Although all entries may not garner an award, the ideas shared will help improve mental health outcomes – making all submissions valuable. Further details on awards will be announced mid-May, and all registered solvers will be notified at this time.
More about DCoE
To learn more about DCoE, please visit our Background page.
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Provide list of providers and clinics that have open access intake procedures. This insures same day access to care. Adopt this model in VA outpatient clinics where patients can be seen the same day they call for an appointment.
There are no effective treatments for treating severe TBI. In order to address this unmet need, we propose to design and engineer a tissue engineered construct that mimics brain tissue and consists of bioactive elements capable of inducing the repair and replacement of lost brain tissue.
My Mind Lab – A Warrior Health Solution is a commercial off the shelf artificial intelligence software product that is the beginning step to in the diagnosis and treatment of warfighters/veterans with PTSD, TBI or other mental health related conditions. It provides real time diagnosis/treatment.
There is no simple solution for PTSD. AA provides a model of addressing an Illness with community, support and understanding. Adapt the Big Book with permission from AA to build a step model of recovery. PTSD is an American issue, not solely a Veteran issue.
I am not a medical professional but have saved a life with CPR. I propose a CPR type training helps people create a bridge between those affected with PTSD/TBI and Medical providers. Something simple like: (RULE)- R (recognize) U (understand) L (listen) E (encourage). It would empower and assist.
PTSD and TBI are associated with high stress levels as is military life for active military and dependents as well. Science tells us that stress denies the pre-frontal cortex of sufficient blood to maintain our highest executive functions. When stressed we are "stupid" unable to operate at peak.
When our service members are discharged, it appears they are forgotten. A follow up center is the first step to reach out to our service members and their families. Opening a call center that offers follow up services that focus on privacy, accessibility, and cultural awareness.
D-Cycloserine shows evidence as a pharmacological enhancement of the underlying learning and memory processes of exposure therapy. Providers who treat PTSD patients might benefit from in-person or online training or clinical support tools regarding this adjunct treatment.
Healing Touch has been used with guided imagery at Camp Pendleton for post-deployment Marines from Afghanistan with PTSD symptoms, significantly reducing the symptoms. Healing Touch is an energy-based, non-invasive treatment that restores and balances the biofield to help decrease pain and anxiety.
Based on my reading of the book The Battle Inside~The Military Mental Health Crisis by Marjorie Morrison, I have come to the understanding that mental health of our military needs to be addressed BEFORE there is a crisis or a diagnosis of PTSD or TBI.
Friends, family members and relevant professionals jointly participate to coordinate, encourage and support TBI patient overall health adherence program. Medication adherence, appointment follow up, etc. are monitored for completion and "buddies" can be included real time, to step in and assist.