Military Veterans With Depression

Dazia Mclendon

What is depression?

Depression is when someone is feeling sad and down for long periods of time. In this case when Veterans return home the struggles of loss of family members, or financial struggles can cause this.

Facts on Depression & Dealing with it

It was a total of 1.7 million Veterans that have served. Veterans that have Served in Iraq and Afghanistan 20% have suffered from this major mental disorder. Many of these people don't seek help. According to the Army only 40% have or will seek help from a professional.

How the Military views the issue?

The military has lots of resources for veterans that dealing with this issue. So they wouldn't have to deal with it alone.

The public views & Resources

Many people of the public views depression as an illness, others will say that you are depressed for no reason. What most people does not know is what these veterans have to go through and what they have to physically see while serving this country. If someone is suffering from this they can go to "National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – Depression"

Citations

"The Critical Need for Mental Health Professionals Trained to Treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury." American Psychological Association. © 2016 American Psychological Association, n.d. Web.


("Battle Scars: Military Veterans and the Death Penalty." Battle Scars: Military Veterans and the Death Penalty.) Death Penalty Information Center, n.d. Web.


("Site-wide Navigation." One In Five Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Suffer from PTSD or Major Depression). RAND Corporation, 2008. Web.


("Site-wide Navigation." Invisible Wounds: Mental Health and Cognitive Care Needs of America's Returning Veterans.) RAND Corporation, 2008