PTSD Bytes

PTSD Bytes

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.

Episodes

August 2, 2022 12 min
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.
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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.
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July 5, 2022 10 min
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.
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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.
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May 24, 2022 11 min
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.
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May 10, 2022 10 min
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.
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April 26, 2022 11 min
In the 5th episode of our PTSD treatments series, we learn about EMDR or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. Marianne Silva describes what EMDR is and how it can help with PTSD. Visit www.ptsd.va.gov for more information.
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In the 4th episode of our PTSD treatments series, we discuss medications for PTSD with Dr. Paul Holtzheimer. Learn who to talk to, what questions to ask, and what you can expect from these medications. www.ptsd.va.gov for more information.
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In the 3rd episode of our mini-series on PTSD treatments, Dr. Shannon Wiltsey Stirman talks to us about Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and the mobile app “CPT Coach.”
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In this 2nd episode of our mini-series on PTSD treatments, Dr. Carmen McLean talks about Prolonged Exposure (PE), and how the mobile app “PE Coach” can help with treatment.
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March 1, 2022 11 min
Dr. Abigail Angkaw discusses different effective treatments for PTSD and an online Decision Aid to help choose between treatments.
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February 15, 2022 10 min
Dr. Sonya Norman explains what PTSD is, why there’s hope for recovery, and how digital tools like the PTSD Coach app can help. www.ptsd.va.gov for more information.
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In this episode, Dr. Beth Jaworski describes how a mobile app, COVID Coach, can be used to help cope with the stresses of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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January 18, 2022 11 min
VA’s National Center for PTSD is excited to present PTSD Bytes, a new podcast series about how technology can help those who have, care for, or treat those with PTSD and other mental health concerns. In this first “bite-sized” episode, Dr. Jason Owen describes what VA mobile mental health apps are and how they can be used.
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