Mental health is a very serious issue that concerns many veterans. Despite the massive leap forward in understanding the science of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, mental health still has a lofty stigma attached to it that prevents many people from reaching out to get the help that they need. Help is the topic of the article you’re currently reading, and we’re here to shine a light on seven conditions that can qualify you for assistance.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Some of the earliest cases of PTSD were documented during the First World War. Referred to as “shell shock,” army doctors noticed that it occurred in combat veterans and others who have witnessed or experienced a dramatic event.
While there are many breakthroughs in the study and treatment of depression, the symptoms manifest in many different ways. The most common symptoms are described as emotions, thoughts, physical ailments, and outward and inward behaviors. These can be treated with therapy and medication.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
In recent years, a great deal of research has been done on the cognitive decline of the human brain as. Result of concussion-based injuries. A recent survey concluded that there are over 180,000 veterans with this type of trauma. Vehicle accidents and combat injuries are among the contributing factors to this rise.
Anxiety has long been a reoccurring disorder among veterans, one of the most notable cases being that of war hero turned action star, Audie Murphy. Much like depression, anxiety can manifest in several different forms, with the most common being restlessness, insomnia, chemical dependency, and loss of interest and concentration.
Somatic Symptom Disorder (SSD)
SSD is sometimes a complex disorder to diagnose correctly. Much of the time, it’s dismissed as aches and pains that appear at inconvenient or random times. Pains, weakness, limitations of breathing and chronic or reoccurring pains have all been linked to SSD at one time or another.
Bipolar Disorder (BPD)
BPD is another disorder that is sometimes misdiagnosed, as many of the symptoms can be very similar to depression and anxiety. Some of the most common symptoms of BPD include panic attacks, sudden shifts in mood, sleep impairment, impulsive behavior, depression, and fatigue. If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact help immediately.
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