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Depression and Anxiety

Check out the following resources—many of them geared towards Warfighters and family members—to better understand anxiety and depression.

What Military Families Should Know about Depression [PDF]
The Uniformed Services University’s Courage to Care factsheet describes what military families need to know about depression. It highlights how depression is “one of the most common and treatable mental disorders.”
Dispelling the Myths About Depression [PDF]
The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health created this factsheet to dispel the myths surrounding this condition.
Depression [PDF] created a manual all about depression—the signs, the factors, the downward spiral, the role of thoughts, where to find help, and how to reach out to others.
Anxiety [PDF]
This manual from describes anxiety, when it becomes a problem, disorders, causes, and how to manage it.
Post-traumatic Stress Manual [PDF] describes post-traumatic stress, including intrusive and unwanted memories, the “vicious cycle of stress reactions,” how to identify personal trauma triggers, how the PLAN tool can help, and how to get support.
National Institute of Mental Health
The National Institute of Mental Health provides science-based information on anxiety disorders, depression, and suicide prevention.
Real Warriors
This initiative from the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) promotes the processes of building resilience, facilitating recovery, and supporting reintegration of returning service members, veterans, and their families.
inTransition is a program from the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) that can help you receive mental-health services when you are relocating, changing status, or transitioning to civilian life.
Degree, Duration of Symptoms Identify PTSD
This web page from the Defense Centers of Excellence (DCoE) For Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury will help you distinguish between post-traumatic stress (PTS) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and know when to seek help.
PFD: Prevent, face, and de-stress with anxiety
Anxiety can feel overwhelming. Not sure how to handle it? Learn to prevent it, face it, and then de-stress.