As a retired member of the Armed Forces having served 24 years, I understand the challenges associated with military life. There are three primary mental health concerns that you may encounter from serving the great country:
Posttraumtic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Traumatic events, such as military combat, assault, disasters or sexual assault can have long-lasting negative effects such as trouble sleeping, anger, nightmares, being jumpy and alcohol and drug abuse. When these troubles don't go away, it could be PTSD. The 2014 JAMA Psychiatry study found the rate of PTSD to be 15 times higher than civilians.
Depression. More than just experiencing sadness, depression doesn't mean you are weak, nor is it something that you can simply "just get over." Depression interferes with daily life and normal functioning and may require treatment. The 2014 JAMA Psychiatry study found the rate of PTSD to be five times higher than civilians.
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). A traumatic brain injury is usually the result of significant blow to the head or body. Symptoms can include headaches, fatigue or drowsiness, memory problems and mood changes and mood swings.
First Responders are called upon to put their own needs second as they protect others, maintain safety, and minimize danger. These professions can demand long work hours, witness human trauma, miss important life events, risk physical injury, or take a life of another person. The rates of alcohol abuse, depression, and divorce are much higher among first responders than the general public. (Ussery & Waters)
Help is available, suffering in silence should never be an option. Schedule your appointment today (469)757-4327.