HST031: Emotional Dysregulation with Dr. Katy Barrs

This is the 7th episode of the Veteran Mental Health Boot Camp, a series of podcasts that is looking at all aspects of Veteran Mental Health. Check out the first episode and all episodes as they’re released by going here

Summary:

Dr. Katy Barrs completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology in 2007. She recently returned to the University of Denver as the Clinic Director of the Sturm Center. Dr. Barrs has worked with Veterans, Service members and their families at the Minneapolis V.A. Medical Center, the Boston V.A. Healthcare System, and most recently the Denver Vet Center where she served in the role of Military Sexual Trauma Treatment Coordinator. Dr. Barrs oversees the Sturm Center, provides clinical education to multiple students within the clinic, and provides licensed community clinicians with education and consulting about these populations. She has been featured in the documentary Acronym, a timely expose about the nature of PTSD from combat. Dr. Barrs is also the 2016 recipient of the American Psychological Association’s Society for Military Psychology (Division 19) Arthur W. Melton Early Achievement Award. She feels honored to give back to those who have served our country.

IN THIS PARTICULAR EPISODE YOU WILL LEARN:

  • Katy’s background with the VA and Denver University
  • Statistics on emotional dysregulation in veterans
  • The need for insight and understanding about emotional control
  • The sources of depression in veterans
  • Learned Helplessness and it’s impact on veteran mental health
  • Adrenaline’s impact on emotion
  • Discerning reasons for excitement-seeking behavior
  • Anger as a blanket emotion that covers other emotions
  • The challenge of managing the emotion of guilt
  • Methods of helping veterans understand how to manage emotions

LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

The Sturm Center for Veteran Mental Health

The Sturm Center on Facebook

The Sturm Center on Twitter

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Duane K. L. France is a combat veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as a mental health counselor practicing in the state of Colorado. Do you want to join the conversation regarding veteran mental health? Share, like, and comment. Read Duane's previous posts and follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn. Keep the conversation about #veteranmentalhealth going.