Military Service-Related Mental Health Disabilities
Anyone who has served in the military knows that their service can take a physical and mental toll on their lives. As an injured veteran, you deserve the rights and benefits that the Veterans Administration provides. At The Justice Legal Group, we represent veterans who have sustained physical or mental health problems in service and have been denied benefits.
Common Types of Mental Health Problems
While engaged in military service, many veterans develop severe mental health disabilities that may seriously impair their lives. In fact, studies have shown that 41% of veterans assessed through the VA between 2000 – 2007 were diagnosed with some type of mental health problem or behavioral adjustment disorder. Some of the most common conditions that have been reported by many veterans include:
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
PTSD is an anxiety disorder that develops as a result of a traumatic event such as combat or military exposure. The trauma causes fear and anxiety over the idea that you, your family, and your friends may be in danger. PTSD treatments may include therapy and/or medication.
Clinical depression is often diagnosed in veterans and is known to create disturbances in mood, concentration, sleep patterns, activity level, interests, appetite, and social behavior. It is usually a life-long condition and has a high risk of suicide in young veterans. Therapy, medication, psychotherapy, and electroconvulsive therapy are all considered effective treatments for depression.
There are several types of anxiety disorders that may affect veterans including Generalized Anxiety Disorder, PTSD, Social Anxiety Disorder, and many others. Feeling anxious in everyday situations or while amongst family and friends can be debilitating, but treatment options are often available.
If you are suffering from alternating periods of elevated and depressed moods, you may have bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depression. The disorder is often accompanied by interferences of work, social activities, family life, and educational functioning. Among the most effective management treatments is a combination of medication and psychosocial therapy.
If you or a loved one is a veteran with a mental health disability directly related to your military service and your claim for benefits has been denied, contact our veteran’s disability benefits attorneys at The Justice Legal Group We are dedicated to helping you fight for the rights and benefits you deserve as a United States veteran. Contact us today to discuss how your mental health problem has impacted your life and strategize your claim.