Mental Illness !

By-Sherese Rivers

How would you feel if it was someone close to you?

What is the issue?

Many soldiers are now forced to leave the military , because of mental illness. The mental illness trend to come from many years of fighting for your country and not getting no help or treatment on the illness. Constantly avoiding the illness and not getting treated can end somebodies military career earlier than you want it to.

-"Approximately 40,000 military members who have returned from Iraq or Afghanistan have been officially diagnosed with PSTD since 2003, according to the U.S. Department of Defense (Anxiety And Depression Of America) ".

What is mental Illness in details?

Mental Illness is something that can affect things such as, mood, behavior and thinking. Many soldiers are victims of a mental illness disorder and many soldiers believe that they're fine and that nothing is wrong with them so they're left untreated and it causes the illness to worsen over time.

-"Fearing for their careers, many service members keep quiet about their mental health problems----- and their silents suffering is taking a toll on our military readiness. In response, the Defense Department has begun fighting stigma on several fronts (Dingfeldar)".

What effects has it had on the military?

Mental illness been exposure to many people serving in the military and it has an effect on the military, because many people serving in the military are force to stop serving in the military due to their mental illness, especially if they're left untreated and their mental illness worsens. It effects the military, because that means less people are serving in the military and many others has to cautions to the signs to ensure that they're not ignoring any signs of mental illness.

-"A very recent study of 10,000 serving personnel found lower than expected levels of PSTD. Common mental disorders and alcohol misuse were the most frequently required mental health problems among UK armed forces personnel (Mental Health Foundation)".

What are the American views on the issue?

American views on mental illness in the military are they're considered damaging to society , but many Americans still believe their is potential in those returning from the military. Americans feel like if shows portray veterans to be "broken" it lead people to believe they're actually broken in real life as well (U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs).

-" Americans perceive most Veterans as "broken or "damaged." This has become the cultural norm. The results of predispositions like this are detrimental to veterans as they reintegrate and are damaging to a society that fails to recognize Veterans' potential (U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs)".

What are the military views on the issue?

Military views on mental illness in the military, they feel like it is up to them encourage better mental health to ensure that everyone serving in the military can continue serving their country as long as they want to without being force to leave the military because of a mental illness. "The Department of Defense acknowledges that untreated mental health conditions pose a greater safety threat than mental conditions for which your'e seeking treatment" . Then again not seeking treatment for a Veteran suffering from a mental illness can ruin their career in the long-run. They also view it as if a person suffering in the military talks to a doctor or seek treatments it doesn't affect their career or their career is not at risk (National Alliance on Mental Illness).

What programs/ resources are in place?

-Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress

-Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center

-The National Center for Telehealth & Technology

-Relaxation Therapy


-Professional therapy / counseling

Risk Increase

-Longer deployment time

-More serve physical injury

-Traumatic brain injury

-Lower morale and poor social support within the unit

-Family Problems

Signs that may occur

-Feeling on the edge or down


-Loss of interest

-Feeling numb

-Anger and irritability

-Have a hard time getting along with people

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Work Cited

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"Mental Health and Related Resources for Assisting Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families." American Psychological Association. American Psychological Association, May 2010. Web. 30 Jan. 2016.

"PTSD: National Center for PTSD." Mental Health Effects of Serving in Afghanistan and Iraq -. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2016.

"Transitioning from Service." Make The Connection. Make The Connection, n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2016.

"Veterans & Active Duty." NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness. National Alliance on Mental Illness, n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2016.

Zarembo, Alan. "High Rate of Mental Illness in Recruits." Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times, 04 Mar. 2014. Web. 30 Jan. 2016.

Zoroya, Gregg. "1 Soldier in 9 Exists Army for Mental Disorder." My Army Benefits. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2016.