Mentally Ill Veterans

by Ileana Joseph

So, what's the issue?

Its called Mental Illnesses. Also called mental disorders, mental illnesses affect a persons thought process, their emoitions & their behavior.

What are different mental illnesses?

Anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, dementia, OCD, ADHD, PTSD, & autism. Some mental illnesses are herditary & some are caused by certain events, like tramatic events that happened in life.

How does America view this issue?

"Children of developed military personnel have more school-familu & peer-related emotional difficulties" ("Veterans and Military Families." N.p., n.d. Web.).

Some offer help, especially the family of the mentaly ill veterans. The key to making veterans more comfortable about getting help, is staying by their side about the issue. Continuously encourage them to seek help.

How does the Military view this issue?

Military veterans feel as though trying to get help will jepordize their careers. " According to a 2006 study in Military Medicine, 97% of personnel who souhg mental health treatment di not experience any negative career impact" ("Veterans & Active Duty." N.p., n.d. Web.). So basically, some choose to get help because they know that the outcome can be good.
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What are some effects that mental illnesses may have?

Suicide starts taking part in most of their lives. "Betwen 2004 & 2009, more that 1,100 members of the Armed forces took their lives, reaching an all-time suicide rate in 2012" ("Veterans and Military Families." N.p., n.d. Web.).

"Mental & substance use disorders caused more hospitilization among the U.S. tropps in 2009 than any other cause" ("Veterans and Military Families." N.p., n.d. Web.).

Resources avaliable for mentally ill veterans:

Military families seek help trought SAMHSA This group supports the behavioral health needs for veterans and their families. Another ground is called the DoD ( Departments of Defense ("Active-duty Service Members." N.p., n.d. Web.).
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