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Military service is a unique experience. You exist in an environment of camaraderie, espirit-de-corps and the honor of serving a higher calling, but it's not without hidden dangers. The separation from your family and loved ones and the trauma of war can also be the cause of great anxiety and mental stress. It's common for service men and women to have feelings of fear, anger, sadness and worry after returning from a deployment. Adjusting can be difficult for everyone. Some of the more alarming statistics include:
And then there is combat violence, sexual assaults, sleep deprivation, substance abuse and addiction, depression, romantic infidelity, discrimination of all types, and so many other conditions and influences that service members battle every day. Despite the Pentagon's efforts to educate service members and their families, approximately one-half of military members and their spouses say they are only somewhat or not at all knowledgeable about the symptoms of mental health concerns.
Anxiety.org is greatly concerned with the mental health issues of our military. That is why we have worked closely with top university and institutional researchers and leading clinicians to curate helpful and educational resources specifically for our heroes: active duty, reserve and veterans.
Do you feel overwhelmed or get easily annoyed or agitated? Trouble sleeping? Thoughts of suicide? Worried about tests or missing home? These are just a very few of the symptoms or clues that you may have anxiety or a related mental health or mood disorder. There should be no stigma associated with your feeling; anxiety is the most common health issue for military members. Whether it's in garrison or during a deployment, get the help and support you need; go talk to someone.
Anxiety disorders is at the top of the list of mental health challenges for service members. Many of the military family statistics are worrisome. Consider that:
There may be a high level of co-morbidity with anxiety disorders. Learn more about the following disorders, which often affect military members and veterans, too:
PTSD: It's Not Just About Combat Exposure
Is PTSD taking over your relationship?
Increased risk of PTSD in victims of rape
PTSD Happens To Non-Veterans, Too
How Trauma And Abuse Affects Chronic Pain
Anxiety And Depression Can Ruin Your Sex Life
Caregivers Of Traumatic Brain Injury Survivors
Why Friends Keep Us Sane
Why Does The LGBT Community Experience Such High Levels Of Anxiety?
Unraveling The Stigma Of Mental Illnesses
Health Fitness Nutrition
Can Yoga Breathing Help Those With PTSD?
Is Yoga Better Than a Glass of Wine?
How Exercise Can Reduce Anxiety Instincts
The Top 5 Foods That Are Making You Anxious
Exercise And Relaxation Helps Treat Social Anxiety
Grants and Funding: We proudly support the research and programs of 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations and institutions such as: the Anxiety Disorders program of the Jane & Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior at the University of California, Los Angeles; the Pacific Institute of Medical Research; the International Foundation for Research and Education on Depression (iFred); and SchoolsForHope.org, an iFred educational project. Working with these partners enables Anxiety.org to extend its commitment to its mission. All the donations received, as well as 100% of Anxiety.org revenue in 2019, will be contributed to build, develop, and further the understanding, investigation, discovery, and treatment of the full spectrum of anxiety and related disorders.