Depression

By: Devora & Izaiah

Facts About Depression

Depression is a physiological concern that effects the mind. People suffer depression whether they are a service member or not. Depression comes from feeling sad, loss of interest or even having suicidal thoughts.
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Is Depression a Medical Condition?

Depression is a medical condition that can be treated and managed. The first step to do it speaking openly and honestly with a health care provider about the symptoms that you are experiencing.
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How the American public view the issue

The biggest fear in families when a service member has depression are the suicidal thoughts that they eventually start having. When a service member retires from the military they are recommended to see a specialist.
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How the Military views the issue

Seeing a specialist is the first thing that the military recommends to you, they sometimes recommend the doctor to you because everyone reacts to depression differently. Some are worse than others.
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Programs/Resources

Therapy to help you learn new ways of thinking. Counseling to speak your mind. Medication to keep calm. Eating healthy, walking, jogging, working out, and getting a good night sleep is very helpful as well.

Citations

-http://www.realwarriors.net/active/treatment/depression.php

-http://www.adaa.org/living-with-anxiety/military-military-families

-http://www.wtc.army.mil/modules/soldier/s5-depression.html