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Addressing the Mental Health Needs of America’s Veterans

After doing so much to retain the freedom of the United States of America, servicemen and women return home to a new set of battles. While these battles may not seem nearly as dangerous, they can be just as difficult. The healthcare struggles that these courageous men and women must face are numerous. Depending on the type of activity that veterans have seen while deployed, they may face any number of concerns. Some may only need to maintain their health with routine physicals or keep up their routines with regular exercise. However, others face the physical or emotional scars of battle, such as anxiety, depression or even mesothelioma.

Anxiety and depression have a tendency to be overlooked in these people because other mental health issues, such as posttraumatic stress disorder, may take precedence. However, these are very real problems, which must be addressed before they escalate. These two common mental health problems can often be easily treated talk therapy or medications. Some individuals may need a combination of care.

The Veteran’s Administration, as part of the United States government, states here that some anxiety and fear can be good because it helps a person to react appropriately to a threatening situation. However, when this anxiety spirals out of control, it can wreak havoc in one’s daily life. It may manifest itself in various ways, such as in a fear of being in social situations, a fear of making decisions, or a fear of certain noises.

Depression may occur by itself or in conjunction with an anxiety disorder. Once again, it can be normal for a person to feel discouraged occasionally. However, when these feelings last for an extended period, create problems in everyday life or lead to dangerous thoughts, this depression must be treated.

 

Mesothelioma is a cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos.  Asbestos had many military applications in the past, which led to many of our countries veterans had been unknowingly exposed in the past during service. Veterans should make regular doctors visits to make sure their health is in check.

Thankfully, veterans have a wide range of options available to them. Through the Veteran’s Administration, numerous facilities offer help for these and other mental health problems including posttraumatic stress disorder. Often, the first healthcare provider to catch one of these conditions is one’s primary caregiver.

It is vital for veterans to schedule regular medical checkups, as these may be the first way to reveal anxiety or depression. With today’s various means of treatment, no American veteran needs to live with ongoing symptoms of panic, nervousness or deep discouragement. Medication or talk therapy is often what it takes to address these symptoms successfully.

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