Understanding Military Health

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What are doctors doing to raise awareness for service members, and how can we help them transition to civilized life?

Brian Baird is a former Democratic member of Congress and a licensed clinical psychologist who has helped bring awareness to this issue. He first noticed this when more and more patients were service men and women. More and more professionals have become aware of this issue and have helped to raise awareness in other medical groups and practices. Most medical doctors fail to ask if their patients or loved ones have been overseas. This is a crucial oversight that has the potential to save many lives if it were simply paid a little more attention.

It is no secret that most of the service men and women who return from overseas experience a wide range of medical and mental backlash. Unfortunately, many of these conditions go undiagnosed and untreated. With the number of suicides and diseases among the population, it would only be fitting to begin to ask patients if they have been in the service or if they know anyone who was in the service overseas. According to the Disabled American Veterans Charity, DAV,  here are eleven changes veterans make after returning home:

  1. From need-to-know to need-to-talk

  2. From the bond of soldiers to the band of family and friends

  3. From being serious to social

  4. From a mission to no clear orders

  5. From serving to recovering

  6. From earning benefits to learning how best to use them

  7. From emotional control to open feelings

  8. From guilt to acceptance and peace

  9. From a regimented schedule to lighter commitments

  10. From controlling to sharing

  11. From alert to relative calm

Readjusting to civilian life presents many challenges for service men and women. It is important for medical personal to be aware of these changes and to make sure they are asking the right questions.


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