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Recognize the Signs

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Leaving military life is often a process that requires the support of friends, family, and often, mental health professionals. The information below can help you determine if professional help might be useful for adjustment and recovery.

Signs & Symptoms of Problems That Treatment Can Help Address:

Changes in attitudes and behavior that are not in keeping with the person’s values, morals, or usual character.

Uncharacteristic, anger, anxiety, agitation and moodiness that seems difficult to understand.

Withdrawing or isolating from family, friends, social gatherings and activities that they previously enjoyed.

Difficulty in taking care of self or other responsibilities: this may include struggling to maintain hygiene, finances or work responsibilities.

Engaging in self-destructive behaviors, including extensive alcohol or illegal drug use.

Expressing feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, or suicidal thoughts such as “the world would be better off without me.” For crises, contact the Veterans Crisis Line 800-273-8255, press 1.

Military members and their families can take a brief, anonymous online screening for Depression, PTSD, or Bipolar Disorder by visiting this website.

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