Welcome to the new VA podcast series, PTSD Bytes! In each episode, host and clinical psychologist Pearl McGee-Vincent from the VA National Center for PTSD talks to an expert or innovator about how technology can support people with PTSD or other mental health concerns. There are many resources out there, so join us for “bite-sized” episodes featuring practical information you can use or share. Visit www.ptsd.va.gov for more information.
#14: Military Sexual Trauma
Military sexual trauma is any unwanted sexual experience that happens during someone’s military service. Dr. Amy Street talks to us about common reactions like self-blame, and reassures survivors that it is never your fault and you are not alone. Learn how the app “Beyond MST” can help with your recovery journey.
#13: PTSD and Insomnia
Sleep problems and PTSD can get better with treatment. Dr. Elissa McCarthy explains how Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) can help. Tune in to learn about CBT-I and the Insomnia Coach mobile app.
#12: Mindfulness for Self-Care
We discuss what mindfulness is and how it can be helpful for PTSD recovery with psychologist and Veteran, Dr. Timothy J. Avery. We also learn how the mobile app, “Mindfulness Coach” can be used to practice mindfulness.
#11: PTSD Resources for Family Members
Find out what resources are available to family members and friends who care about someone with PTSD. Dr. Steven Sayers offers guidance to support your loved one, as well as resources for self-care.
Visit www.ptsd.va.gov for more information.
#10: Crisis Resources and Support
Learn how to know if you or someone you care about is in crisis. Dr. Lisa Brenner describes crisis resources that can help. Visit www.ptsd.va.gov for more information.
#9: What is Trauma?
Dr. Debra Kaysen explains what trauma is and how it relates to PTSD. Learn about common misconceptions about trauma, and resources that can help. Visit www.ptsd.va.gov for more information.
Great information about PTSD and treatments
This podcast is a really great resource for people who want to learn more about PTSD and effective treatments for PTSD and trauma. The episodes are brief and easy to understand.
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Excellent healthcare resource!
The first episode of PTSD Bytes was awesome! Dr. McGee-Vincent is an excellent host and Dr. Owen provided valuable insights into the development of mobile health apps and how they can be used to help in patient care. Thank you for creating this podcast!