Military depression is one of the dangers that men and women in uniform have to face. The difficulty, sacrifices, and the horrors they face can seriously do things to their mental and emotional stability.
You and your family need to understand the symptoms of this conditions because there are times when the one suffering is not even aware of their condition.
You need to intervene and help out if you see signs that a loved on is silently battling depression.
Symptoms of Military Depression
First and foremost, you have to know the symptoms of depression. Here are the signs that you should be on the look-out for.
Feeling sad all the time
Losing passion for hobbies and favorite activities
Sleeping problems (oversleeping or insomnia)
Appetite changes (overeating or loss of appetite)
Weight gain or loss
Indecisiveness, forgetfulness and concentration difficulties
Causes of Military Depression
After finding the symptoms, you need to figure out the cause of the depression. Here are the common causes of military depression.
Going through extensive combat
After a traumatic experience
While experiencing a stressful situation (bankruptcy or sickness)
Experiencing loss (loved one or friend)
Being away from loved ones
Relocating to a new environment
Tension in relationships
Relationship changes (starting or ending)
What to do with Military Depression
Once you have identified or confirmed that you are a loved one is going through depression, here are the things that you need to do.
Accept that it’s normal to feel out of touch with loved ones.
Avoid being alone. Make yourself busy with family and friends.
Be patient with how you feel and do not force yourself.
Allow loved ones to take care of you.
Avoid keeping emotions inside you. Share your feeling of loss, frustration, etc.
Control your use of alcohol
Do not hesitate to seek help
Keep yourself physically active through exercise
Eat a balanced diet