GW's Medical, CRMD Help Sailors Identify, Combat Stress At Sea

Story Number: NNS130924-28Release Date: 9/24/2013 9:52:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Liam Kennedy

PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- The U.S. Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington's (CVN 73) medical and command religious ministry departments (CRMD) held a stress management fair, Sept. 24.

Stress is defined as a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances, and George Washington Sailors continually find themselves in challenging and unfavorable situations at sea.

"Stress is a pressure that can be internal that we put on ourselves or it can be external that our environment puts on us," said Lt. Cmdr. Michael Domery, ship's psychologist. "Where it reaches anxiety is when it starts to become physical and mental, and we start to lose touch with ourselves."

The purpose of the fair was to provide Sailors with tools to effectively combat stress.

"The idea was to bring in CRMD and medical to talk about spiritual health, and safe and healthy conduct on liberty," said Domery. "With stress management, Sailors make better decisions and feel more comfortable with themselves. The intent is to see community moral improve."

Information on alcohol abuse, sleep hygiene and spiritual medicine were distributed to Sailors during the fair.

"In general, stress management and spiritual health help improve moral," said Domery. "You are less likely in crisis mode and you are more able to engage in work and recreation as well."

Sailors were reminded that there is always someone there to help and guide them through their stress.

"After a certain point, I feel that a person affected by stress isn't always looking for someone to talk too, but rather someone that will listen to them," said Castaneda. "We are always here to help our family on board George Washington."

George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5, provide a combat-ready force that protects and defends the collective maritime interest of the U.S. and its allies and partners in the Asia-Pacific region.

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