According to the RAND Center for Military Health Policy Research, 20% of the military veterans who served in either Iraq or Afghanistan suffer from either major depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
In addition, traumatic brain injuries inflicted from combat woulds can affect veterans' mental health.
Less than half of veterans returning from duty receive mental health treatment, even though it can be essential to the healing process, even for veterans who don't have an official mental health diagnosis.
Veterans are often exposed to violence in war zones and may witness people getting horrifically injured or killed.
This can create lasting trauma that can have a lifelong impact on their mental health.
Even without witnessing violent acts, the stress of being in an active war zone can take its toll on anyone-even the strongest soldiers.
Answer a few questions in our online PTSD evaluation to get personalized feedback. Talking with a therapist or counselor can help you recover.
Check out the Monarch Directory by SimplePractice to see licensed mental health professionals who specialize in clients with PTSD.
You can also browse therapists who specialize in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), as this therapeutic approach has been shown to help PTSD recovery.