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Veterans Confidential Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1

Anyone might go through a crisis in their lifetime, but military service can heighten the severity for a veteran. Crisis can come from a wide range of situations before, during, and after military service. It's important to know the signs so you can get started on the road to recovery as soon as possible.

Know the signs of depression: 

  • Trouble concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions

  • Fatigue

  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and helplessness

  • Pessimism and hopelessness

  • Insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or sleeping too much

  • Irritability

  • Restlessness

  • Loss of interest in things once pleasurable, including sex

  • Overeating, or appetite loss

  • Aches, pains, headaches, or cramps that won't go away

  • Digestive problems that don't get better, even with treatment

  • Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" feelings

  • Suicidal thoughts or attempts

If you become overwhelmed by any of these symptoms, notice they are causing a physical change, or last longer than a couple of weeks it's time to get help. Depression, and other mental illnesses, may keep you from leading a normal active life without medical help. If untreated, depression can last for years.

Asking for help takes strength and courage.

If you feel guilty, embarrassed, or anxious about asking for help remember it is the depression talking. Your regular medical provider can test you for depression and help you to manage your symptoms. Family members can talk to you about your symptoms and help support your recovery. Joining a support group with fellow veterans can help put your depression in scope, and widen your support base. Asking for help can make all the difference in your recovery.

If you are experiencing suicidal urges or thoughts, reach out now on the confidential veteran crisis line: 

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