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Understanding and Supporting Mental Health of Veterans

Understanding and Supporting Mental Health of Veterans
Understanding and Supporting Mental Health of Veterans

Every country’s veterans have varying origins. They’ve fought in differing battles, used differing weapons, and had uniforms that differed from the others. But every veteran will have an experience in common with other veterans, which is experiencing the training, moving around places, and fighting for their lives and their country. The life of someone that is in the military is unique. Veterans will most likely experience problems with their mental health, like PTSD, depression, or anxiety. The troubles that veterans face every day is different.

They may have PTSD

If a veteran has experienced any traumatic events, like an assault or disaster, then there’s a high chance that they are someone who has PTSD. The symptoms that they will be experiencing are having difficulty with sleeping, being easy to anger, being jumpy, or having an addiction to drugs or alcohol. Even if PTSD isn’t something that only people in the military suffer from, the rate of PTSD in military veterans is more than ten times higher than citizens that haven’t been in the military.

Anything could trigger a person’s PTSD. So if there are any events where there is going to be people using fireworks, then veterans will have to stay far away from the events. The reason they have to stay far away from the fireworks is that the explosions of the fireworks may remind them of the explosions they heard while in the line of duty. The veterans may experience PTSD symptoms due to the fireworks.

They may have suicidal thoughts

Every day, more than twenty people die by committing suicide, and twenty percent of suicides each year in the U.S. alone are veterans. Ten percent of the adult population in the U.S. are veterans. Almost twenty percent of those who were deployed to Afghanistan or Iraq will experience PTSD. The number isn’t falling much, which means that veterans are at risk. Support for veterans is significantly needed if the number is to slow down.

They might be suffering from depression

A common mental health condition is depression. Those who suffer from depression will have symptoms like being always irritable or sad, fluctuating sleep pattern, loss of appetite, lack of energy, or problems remembering and concentrating.  They may even start having no interest in doing things that they used to enjoy and have suicidal tendencies.

The suicide risk dramatically increases as the person grows older, but when it’s veterans, the risk of suicide is at its highest with young individuals. The veterans that have been having issues with their diagnosis are the ones who most likely abuse substances or commit suicide.

They might have anxiety

Veterans will most likely become someone with anxiety if they experience traumatic events that threatened their lives. Some develop anxiety from leaving the military and becoming a regular citizen again since they stay in the military mindset. Veterans that gain anxiety from transferring will have to stop thinking about strategies and behaviors that they always kept in mind while in the military. A lot of people are affected by anxiety. People with anxiety may experience a feeling of uneasiness or a panic attack. If you want to support veterans, then understanding their mental health needs and supporting them is a helpful way to show them how thankful you are for their service.