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Ellen Diamond

Recovering from Military Service: A Quick Guide to Available Resources

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Ellen Diamond, (2022, May 5). Recovering from Military Service: A Quick Guide to Available Resources. Psychreg on Community Psychology. https://www.psychreg.org/recovering-military-service-quick-guide-available-sources/
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Military members are entitled to a wide range of benefits, both during and after their time in the military, which is why you must keep your DMDC military records updated. They must balance the positive and negative aspects of their work. It is not uncommon for military personnel who have risked their lives in service to the US and its citizens to face a slew of long-term psychological and physiological issues.

Veterans’ mental health issues are a growing problem

Veterans are more likely than the general population to suffer from mental health issues. Service members’ mental health may be harmed if they work in a high-stress environment.

PTSD: Psychosis resulting from a traumatic event

Trauma can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Traumatic events can be frightening, but it is the overwhelming sense that one is being held hostage by the memory that results in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Military service can leave its mark on a person’s ability to function normally in civilian life.

A higher incidence of post-traumatic stress disorder among military personnel makes it imperative that they are aware of the warning signs and symptoms. The symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder include hopelessness, recurrent nightmares or flashbacks, hypervigilance, and a host of negative emotions (PTSD).

The two of the most common mental health: anxiety and depression

As a result of their post-military hardships (such as financial difficulties, job loss, and a sense of isolation), veterans are more likely to experience depression and anxiety.

For the most part, veterans believe that no one understands their plight and that no one in their social circle can provide them with emotional support. It’s hard for them to interact with others because they’re the only ones who made it out alive. There is an increased risk of developing mental health issues as a result.

TBI: damage to the brain caused by trauma

For example, if an object hits the head or an explosion is near, TBI can occur.

Headaches, fatigue, dizziness, and sleeplessness are all symptoms of traumatic brain injury (TBI). All of this has an effect on veterans’ psychological well-being and behaviour.

Getting back into civilian life after a career in the military

With physical and mental health issues, veterans may find it difficult to keep in touch with loved ones. Ex-military members can benefit from the following advice on how to recover.

Do everything you can to improve your health.

Improve your overall health as much as you possibly can.

If you neglect your physical health, you won’t be able to focus on your mental health. Even the most basic responsibilities of life will be beyond your reach if you lack physical strength.

Eat a diet rich in nutrients like the rainbow diet, which provides all the vitamins and minerals you need to maintain good health.

Exercise releases endorphins, which reduce feelings of stress, anxiety, and pain. At least five times a week for 30 minutes each, you should be exercising. To help you lose weight and get some exercise, even fun outdoor activities like hiking or kayaking are beneficial.

Anxiety is one of many health issues that can arise as a result of inadequate sleep. Create an evening routine that aids in the training of your circadian rhythm so that you can sleep at a more reasonable hour. In order to get rid of any negative thoughts that may be keeping you awake at night, meditate or write in a journal before you go to sleep.

Meet your next-door neighbours and coworkers

If you recently left the military, it can be difficult to adjust to a new environment. It’s important to meet new people as often as possible.

In this way, you’ll have a better sense of self-worth and be able to return to your regular activities more quickly. Finding new hobbies and interests can be as simple as talking with friends about what they do on a daily basis or even just your own thoughts.

Consult a professional

With mental health issues, self-medicating can be enticing. The symptoms may worsen even if you feel fine at the beginning of the treatment.

If you’re depressed or suicidal, you need to seek professional help. Your therapist may be able to recommend the best course of action for you based on the nature of your problem.

If you open up to a therapist about your thoughts and feelings, they will not judge you. Getting out of your own head and seeing things from a different perspective is your job.

Find a group who shares your interests

Remember that isolation can exacerbate mental health issues for ex-military personnel.

As a result, it is strongly recommended that you join a support group. People who are going through the same thing as you will come to light. As a result, you’ll be able to get back to normal much more quickly. Friends and family gatherings will be more convenient, as well as socialising with new acquaintances.

Final thoughts

It is an excellent opportunity to give back to your country by joining the military. There are, however, numerous drawbacks and risks to consider. That record of duty must be up-to-date for service members who have served our country in the military. If something happens to them while serving or after their active duty retirement, at least some benefits will be available for both the service member and their families. Due to the effects of combat trauma on their physical and mental health, these veterans may require assistance at this time. Organisations like Disabled American Veterans (DAV), which provides housing assistance, educational funding and job training programmes, can help veterans.


Ellen Diamond did her degree in psychology at the University of Edinburgh. She is interested in mental health, wellness, and lifestyle.


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