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VIDEO: Military psychiatrists balance difficulties of deployment while helping soldiers maintain hope, positivity

TORONTO — In this video, Elspeth "Cam" Ritchie, MD, MPH, a forensic psychiatrist and former chief clinical officer for the Department of Mental Health in Washington, DC, speaks about a session here that explored personal experiences of psychiatrists who deployed with the military to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Having experienced military deployment herself, Ritchie found the session most interesting, as she and other psychiatrists who have been deployed interacted with the audience, which was made up of both civilians and military personnel.

One particular challenge for deployed psychiatrists is adapting to deployment life while “working with traumatized soldiers and marines to help them get through the difficulties of the battlefield, the difficulties of combat, PTSD and help them maintain a sense of hope, optimism, decrease depression and PTSD and reintegrate into life after they come home,” Ritchie told Healio.com/Psychiatry.

Disclosure: Ritchie reports no relevant financial disclosures.

TORONTO — In this video, Elspeth "Cam" Ritchie, MD, MPH, a forensic psychiatrist and former chief clinical officer for the Department of Mental Health in Washington, DC, speaks about a session here that explored personal experiences of psychiatrists who deployed with the military to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Having experienced military deployment herself, Ritchie found the session most interesting, as she and other psychiatrists who have been deployed interacted with the audience, which was made up of both civilians and military personnel.

One particular challenge for deployed psychiatrists is adapting to deployment life while “working with traumatized soldiers and marines to help them get through the difficulties of the battlefield, the difficulties of combat, PTSD and help them maintain a sense of hope, optimism, decrease depression and PTSD and reintegrate into life after they come home,” Ritchie told Healio.com/Psychiatry.

Disclosure: Ritchie reports no relevant financial disclosures.

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