Anxiety: Anxiety can help you confront stresses in your life, and for many people the feeling is motivating and doesn’t last long. But when persistent worries start affecting your day-to-day activities, your work, your sleep, or your relationships, it may be time to do something.
Depression: Everyone feels sad at times, but those feelings typically will pass within a few days. If you can’t seem to rally, and it’s starting to interfere with your daily life, it could be a sign of depression
VA uses the term “military sexual trauma” (MST) to refer to sexual assault or sexual harassment experienced during military service. MST includes any sexual activity that you are involved with against your will.
VA’s top clinical priority is preventing suicide among all Veterans — including those who do not, and may never, seek care within the VA health care system.If you are seeking answers following an attempted suicide or the loss of a loved one by suicide, please visit the Coping and Support page below to find help as you navigate this process. https://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/suicide_prevention/coping-support/index.asp
When you experience a traumatic event that moment can continue to bother you weeks, months, and even years later. That can mean reliving the event: constantly replaying it in your head. It can mean avoiding places or things that remind you of the experience. It can also mean nightmares, sleeplessness, or anxiety. You might feel numb or, conversely, feel hyperaware of your surroundings.
Alcohol and other drugs are often used in response to stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health challenges. Often referred to as "addiction, 'substance use disorder' is a disease that causes people to have difficulty controlling their use of alcohol, drugs, and other substances, including opioids. Untreated, this misuse can begin to influence many aspects of life.
There is a long history of smoking and other tobacco use in the military. Many Veterans used tobacco while they served, particularly during deployment. Now seven out of every 10 Veterans who smoke would like to quit — for both the physical benefits and their mental health. A majority of them are successful.
CBT-D is a short-term psychotherapy (or “talk therapy”) for treating symptoms of depression. The overall goal of CBT-D is to improve the symptoms of depression by helping you to develop more balanced and helpful thoughts about yourself, others, and the future. CBT-D helps Veterans to achieve personal goals and solve problems by learning and practicing new skills.
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is an evidence-based suicide intervention that targets emotion dysregulation.
Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is one specific type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. It is a 12-session psychotherapy for PTSD. CPT teaches you how to evaluate and change the upsetting thoughts you have had since your trauma. By changing your thoughts, you can change how you feel.
EMDR is a psychotherapy for PTSD. EMDR can help you process upsetting memories, thoughts, and feelings related to the trauma. By processing these experiences, you can get relief from PTSD symptoms.
Prolonged Exposure (PE) is a psychotherapy for PTSD. It is one specific type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. PE teaches you to gradually approach trauma-related memories, feelings, and situations that you have been avoiding since your trauma. By confronting these challenges, you can actually decrease your PTSD symptoms.
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