Topic: “Depression”

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What Does “Treatment” Mean for You?

For a Veteran facing a mental health challenge, the term “treatment” can mean counseling, medication, self-help approaches, peer support services, or some combination of those options.

October 26, 2020 | 4-minute read

Trouble Sleeping, Depression, Problems with Drugs

From Ship to Shelter

Learn how Lidia, a U.S. Navy Veteran, overcame homelessness with the help of VA’s programs and resources.

October 20, 2020 | 3-minute read

Transitioning From Service, Depression, Homelessness

Veteran’s Long-Buried Trauma Was Triggered on 9/11

Within weeks of returning home from Vietnam, Don got on with his civilian life, blocking out the trauma he experienced during the war. For more than 30 years, he buried his pain and anguish. Then came 9/11, and the memories it triggered forced Don to face his past.

September 21, 2020 | 4-minute read

Anger and Irritability, Depression, Trouble Sleeping

The Power of Purpose and Laughter

After retiring from the U.S. Navy, Susan faced depression and PTSD. She found comfort and a new sense of purpose on the stand-up comedy stage.

August 21, 2020 | 5-minute read

PTSD, Transitioning From Service, Depression

Torn Between Worlds

Some Veterans experience trauma over and over because sudden flashbacks won't let them leave the past in the past.

August 10, 2020 | 5-minute read

PTSD, Flashbacks, Transitioning From Service, Depression, Stress and Anxiety

During the Coronavirus Disease Outbreak, Bridge the Distance With Online Mental Health Resources

There is a wealth of online mental health resources for Veterans and their families and friends to connect socially while maintaining physical distance, including smartphone apps, telehealth care, stories, and videos. Learn about the many services that meet your needs.

April 23, 2020 | 3-minute read

Spread the Word, Depression

“Don’t Give Up”

The continued support of her son has helped Agatha, a U.S. Army Veteran, address the anxiety she has faced since leaving military service.

April 23, 2020 | 4-minute read

Anger and Irritability, Family and Relationships, Transitioning From Service, Depression, Problems with Alcohol

Small Steps Lead to Big Strides

It can feel daunting to start a conversation or take a first step toward helping a loved one who’s facing a mental health challenge. Family members of Veterans share their stories and the lessons they’ve learned about making a difference.

April 23, 2020 | 4-minute read

Problems with Drugs, Depression

These Post-9/11 Women Veterans Open Up About Their Mental Health Journeys

Women Veterans share the challenges of living with depression and anxiety after leaving the service — and the support they’ve found to overcome these issues.

March 20, 2020 | 3-minute read

Transitioning From Service, Depression, Stress and Anxiety

Living With Chronic Pain

Marie faced chronic pain after serving in the U.S. Army and deploying to Iraq. Through group therapy at VA, she learned she wasn’t alone.

February 21, 2020 | 3-minute read

Anger and Irritability, PTSD, Trouble Sleeping, Depression, Nightmares

Stay Active After Active Duty

Hear some Veterans describe how recreational activities enhance their mental well-being — and their lives.

January 23, 2020 | 3-minute read

PTSD, Transitioning From Service, Depression, Stress and Anxiety

Therapy Helped Me Become a Stronger Person

Pauline, a U.S. Army Veteran, overcame hearing loss and abusive relationships to give back to her fellow Veterans.

February 04, 2019 | 3-minute read

Depression, Noise or Light Irritation

Positive Change Through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy can be a powerful treatment option for Veterans managing challenges like PTSD, depression, anxiety, and drug problems.

July 20, 2018 | 3-minute read

PTSD, Depression

When the Walls Come Down

Years after serving as a public affairs officer, Amber began to face panic attacks, depression, and more.

July 11, 2018 | 4-minute read

Depression, Stress and Anxiety

Coping With Survivor's Guilt

Hear from Veterans who have experienced survivor guilt, and learn how to cope with feelings of guilt and grief.

June 27, 2018 | 3-minute read

Depression

Depression: By the Numbers

Depression statistics help paint a picture of the condition — the prevalence, the symptoms, the path forward — both in America and worldwide.

June 19, 2018 | 3-minute read

Depression

Honoring Vietnam Veterans

This Vietnam Veterans Day, we welcome home and honor the service and profound sacrifices of those who fought or served during the Vietnam War.

March 28, 2018 | 2-minute read

PTSD, Depression

Signs of Depression

Intense sadness, hopelessness, and irritability: Learn more about the warning signs and symptoms of depression.

February 07, 2018 | 3-minute read

Depression

Marine Veteran. Paralympic Athlete. Mountain Climber.

Kionte woke up every morning with the same question: “Why am I still alive?”

August 18, 2017 | 3-minute read

Physical Injury, Depression

Overcoming PTSD: 3 Vietnam War Veterans’ Stories

These stories highlight how symptoms of PTSD affected three Vietnam Veterans years after the war — and how these Veterans found support for their mental health challenges.

August 16, 2017 | 6-minute read

PTSD, Depression, Nightmares