Did you know 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. lives with a mental health condition?

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June 2018

PTSD Awareness 
Transitioning From Service

Getting Help For Depression

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a potentially debilitating condition. It can occur in people who have witnessed or experienced trauma. Symptoms may include repeatedly thinking about the trauma, being constantly alert and having panic attacks.
People with PTSD may also experience:
  • Emotional numbness
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability or outbursts of anger
Seek professional help right away if you are experiencing PTSD symptoms. Seeking support following any crisis, tragedy, loss or act of violence is healthy for any victim or survivor. The longer a person with PTSD goes without treatment, the harder it can be to heal. Try to find a therapist who has skills in treating PTSD. 
Here are several other hints for healing:
  • Join a support group. Being in a group with other people who have PTSD may help reduce isolation and rebuild your trust in others.
  • Avoid negative coping actions such as using drugs or alcohol.
  • Learn to recognize triggers. This can be a helpful way to avoid situations that could re-traumatize you.
  • Eat a healthful diet, get enough sleep and exercise. Try practicing relaxation methods, such as yoga or stretching.
  • Be patient with yourself. Realize this will be a difficult time in your life. 

Transitioning From Service

Returning to civilian life can be a time of joy, but also a time of emotional upheaval. Most veterans go through a period of adjustment while transitioning from service and military life. For some people, the transition is harder. Remember that readjusting takes time. If transitioning is interfering with your health and well-being, or getting in the way of your relationships, talk to a health professional about whether mental health care can help you increase your resilience.

Getting Help For Depression
Most people receiving treatment for depression begin to feel better in two to four weeks. The usual treatment involves an antidepressant medication and/or therapy. The medication changes the chemical balance in the brain, which helps improve mood, sleep, appetite and concentration. Therapy helps you deal with major life changes, emotions, perceptions and personal problems. If prescription medications are part of your treatment, take them as prescribed. Don’t stop taking them without consulting your doctor. 
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