Signs of Servicemembers Depression

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Servicemembers returning from Iraq may experience depression and/or PTSD. It is estimated that 1 out of every 6 returning servicemembers will develop some form of depression. This is a treatable ailment and you can help make a difference by becoming aware of the signs and by educating others to the signs and symptoms.

Signs of Depression:

Depression affects about 19 million Americans within any given year. Anyone can get depression. Servicemembers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan who may have been exposed to traumatic events during their deployment are at a higher risk for developing depression or Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD). Depression and anxiety are real medical conditions. The good news is that treatment can help. Here are a few observation points that may help you spot depression. If you suspect depression or PTSD, please contact: or your healthcare provider.

Signs of depression may include:

* Decreased productivity or performance
* Trouble making decisions
* Being out sick or late more often
* Frequent accidents
* Crying spells
* Less patience and tolerance of others
* Morale problems
* Social isolation
* Alcohol and/or drug abuse
* Feelings of sadness
* Loss of interest in once-enjoyed activities
* Change in how much a person eats or sleeps
* Gaining or losing a lot of weight
* Feeling restless or more tired than usual
* Being less active or having less energy than usual
* Having trouble thinking clearly or making decisions
* Feeling worthless or guilty for no real reason
* Repeated thoughts of death or suicide

To learn more about depression and PTSD contact:, or your healthcare provider. You may also contact the Veterans Administration (VA) Bereavement and Readjustment Counseling Services or the VA National Center for PTSD or Deployment Health Support Directorate

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