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Veterans Edition: Depression and Self-Care

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I have the honor of introducing our new co-host; Sean Taylor. He was an Army Infantryman and Bradley Fighting Vehicle Gunner deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004.

Tonight we will be discussing depression along with suggestions on treatment and the importance of self care. According to the National Alliance on Mental Health, 1 in 3 veterans have at least one mental health diagnosis and 14% were diagnosed with depression and reported to be under-diagnosed.
The symptoms of depression include:
  • Persistently sad or irritable mood; 
  • Pronounced changes in sleep, appetite and energy; 
  • Difficulty thinking, concentrating and remembering;
  • Physical slowing or agitation; 
  • Lack of interest in or pleasure from activities that were once enjoyed;
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, hopelessness and emptiness; 
  • Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide; and 
  • Persistent physical symptoms that do not respond to treatment such as headaches, digestive disorders and chronic pain (NAMI, Depression and Veterans FACT SHEET 2009).