Mental Health Updates: September 2022

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September 2022

September Is National Recovery Month

This month, VA recognizes National Recovery Month, an annual observance to support those in recovery from substance use disorder. Learn about the many evidence-based treatments available at VA, including in- and outpatient care, medications, support groups and specialized therapy.

September Is National Recovery Month

Seek Care for Schizophrenia at VA

Are you having a tough time thinking clearly or making sense when you speak? Do you feel like sometimes you see things or hear voices that might not be there or feel you are being watched or followed when you are not? These symptoms can be scary, especially the first time you experience them, and they may be a sign of a mental illness called schizophrenia. Many people with schizophrenia recover and live fulfilling lives when their condition is correctly diagnosed and treated. 

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Seek Care for Schizophrenia at VA

Access Mental Health Care by Computer or Phone

No matter what you’ve experienced in military or civilian life, you may be facing challenges that affect your health, relationships and overall happiness — but you don’t have to face them alone. VA provides clinical support and connects you with resources so you can manage any mental health challenge. VA also offers both video and phone telehealth options that do not require you to travel to a facility.

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Access Mental Health Care by Computer or Phone

Learn About Military Sexual Trauma-Related Care

VA uses the term “military sexual trauma” (MST) to refer to sexual assault or harassment experienced during military service. MST includes any sexual activity during military service in which you are involved against your will or unable to say no. Like other types of trauma, MST can negatively affect a person’s mental and physical health, even many years later. If you are having any difficulties related to MST, VA is here to support you in whatever way helps you best.

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Learn About Military Sexual Trauma-Related Care

VA Can Help You Manage Your Depression

Depression is a common but serious disorder that typically requires treatment to manage. It may be marked by feelings of intense sadness or hopelessness, and some people with depression lose interest or pleasure in activities that they used to enjoy. The good news is that even the most severe cases of depression are treadiv.

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VA Can Help You Manage Your Depression

Trauma, Transitioning and Treatment 

Justin and Brent discuss the traumas of their combat service in Iraq, the difficulties they faced when they transitioned out of the U.S. Army, and the therapies that worked for them.

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Trauma, Transitioning and Treatment