Impact On Military Mental Health

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Participation in high stress situations like combat can have a significant impact on the mental health of military members. United States military mental health professionals have attempted to bring the occurrences mental health disorders under control while at the same time maintaining a fit and ready fighting force. These attempts at minimizing the impact of physiological disorders include counseling, screenings and early intervention (Pols and Oak, 2007). Despite the collective actions of the Unites States military and the Veterans Health Administration to increase mental health services, military personnel and veterans are still not consistently seeking the necessary treatment when they have mental health issues (Acosta et al., 2014). …show more content…
If these numbers are to be considered representative of the 1.64 million deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan to date then that means that approximately 300,000 veterans who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan currently have PTSD or major depression (www.samhsa.gov, 2008). This combined with the fact that military members are less likely then their civilian counterparts to come forward and seek treatment for mental illness should be a big concern for military leaders. Military members have typically always taken good care of their physical health, however in today’s military mental health is equally important. The U.S. military recognizes that untreated physiological conditions create a far bigger security threat than a physiological condition for which a military member is obtaining treatment …show more content…
Military members must know that moment of intense stress like what is found on the battlefield can damage the mind of even the strongest military member. And that seeking assistance of your mental condition will not harm or ruin your career as it may have in the past (Arthur, Kiley, & MacDermid, 2007). Education alone will not completely dispel the deep-rooted stigma surrounding mental illness in the military. Another aspect of the U.S. military’s campaign to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness is through training. In one form of training senior military leaders tell their story of battling mental illness in web-based training, hoping to show fellow military members the benefits of seeking treatment. This effort also serves to dispel the common view that seeking help has a negative effect on your career (Acosta et al.,

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