Depression, Anxiety, and other Psychiatric Disorders

Many veterans are faced with daunting mental health problems caused by their military service which they have to deal with for many years after their discharge.  Generally, mental health problems are not given the attention they deserve.  It is very important that veterans and their families ensure that they seek professional help for any mental health problems they feel they may have.

Veterans who feel they may be suffering from a mental health problem should seek professional help.  Problems which veterans can face include but are not limited to depression, anxiety, PTSD, substance abuse, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.  The VA offers a cadre of services and programs with mental health issues, including inpatient/outpatient care, counseling, PTSD Group Therapy, Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Centers, Vet Centers providing readjustment counseling for veterans returning from deployment, and many more.  In addition, the VA offers treatments such as medications, talk therapies, and psychosocial rehabilitation and recovery services.

The VA pays disability benefits for service-connected mental health problems.  A veteran who feels that they have a service connected mental health issue should see a mental health professional who can give a diagnosis and determine whether or not the problem is connected to the veteran’s military service.

Mental health disabilities can also be linked to a veteran’s service connected disabilities.  Often, the impact of very severe disabilities can cause depression.  In this case, a veteran can get service connected for depression that is caused by already service connected disabilities.

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