Studies have shown a link between stressful life events and substance misuse in the military. Service members frequently experience stress due to situations like training, combat or multiple deployments.
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Anger is a common reaction to many of the stressful experiences people have during everyday life. The stress of military life, such as the emotional toll of deployments and separations, can begin to affect your psychological health.
Your health and safety are key to staying mission ready. This is a responsibility shared by both you and your health care provider.
Flashbacks happen when you feel like you are reliving a traumatic experience or memory. They can occur day or night, and can occur recently or even years after the event.
Recovery from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be an ongoing process. You have already shown a great amount of strength by taking the first step to reach out and get treatment. Seeking care early from a health care provider can lead to successful health outcomes.
The holidays can be a great time to reconnect with your loved ones, but they may also be difficult. If you are returning home from a deployment, the holidays may seem more overwhelming than usual.
Alcohol is commonly used by service members and civilians alike. It is sometimes used as a social activity with your buddies or a way to cope with stress.
Many treatment plans for psychological and physical wounds alike include the use of prescription medications. Certain types, such as those to treat pain or anxiety, have the potential to cause dependence.
Making up 15 percent of the U.S. military, female service members have seen significant changes in the roles they play while serving. As of January 2016, all military jobs are now open to women.
Service members may face emotional or psychological concerns following a deployment and from the stress of military life. For some, these feelings can lead to thoughts of hurting or killing one’s self.