Background

What's DCoE?

Psychological Health

    Psychological health encompasses many aspects of a person's mental well-being. Common psychological health concerns among service members include posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety and substance use disorder. In addition to advancing the treatment for these concerns, DCoE helps connect people with available relevant resources, develops products and works to clarify misconceptions.

Traumatic Brain Injury

    Traumatic brain injury can be the result of a blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the function of the brain. In the general population 1.7 million people sustain a TBI each year, resulting in 52,000 deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention1 and Rand Corp2. The most common TBIs are mild, also known as concussions.


1Langlois, J.A., Rutland-Brown, W., & Thomas, K.E. (2006). Traumatic brain injury in the United States: Emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and deaths. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Nation Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

2Tanielian, T. & Jaycox. L.H., eds. (2008). Invisible Wounds of War. Psychological and cognitive injuries, their consequences, and services to assist recovery. Santa Monica, CA: RAND. http://veterans.rand.org.