VISN 5 Patient Health Education
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Deployment. It's something every Veteran has experienced. Coming home from a deployment should be a wonderful, happy time. For some Veterans, coming home may not be such a happy time. Combat injuries include not only the ones easily seen, but also the not-so-easily seen injuries. These may include Traumatic Brain Injury or TBI, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD, and depression. Recent research has also revealed a strong link between financial well-being and an easy reintegrating.
Maybe you are wondering "What is typical?" and "When should I be concerned?" After being involved in high stress situations it is not uncommon to have what are called distress responses. Distress responses can include:
- Sleep problems
- Being overly sensitive to your personal safety
- Wanting to be alone, avoiding family or friends
Distress responses should last only one or two months. If these problems persist for longer than two months, you should consult a health care professional.
If you or someone you know is showing prolonged signs of the distress response the Crisis Line is available for you twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The number for the Crisis Line is: 1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-273-8255.
Remember, seeking help is not a sign of weakness. Emotional difficulties are no different than medical problems. Today, medical treatments are very effective for helping with these difficulties.
Throughout the VA we are on your side. We understand the unique needs of returning Veterans as well as Veterans from past conflicts. Our providers want to work with you to make your holidays healthy and happy. Let us know how we can better serve you.
For more health information, visit VA's National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.
Network Brochures & Pamphlets
Facility Kiosk Locations
- Baltimore VA Medical Center
First floor Lobby at Outpatient Pharmacy
First floor Outpatient Clinic waiting area
- Loch Raven Outpatient Clinic
Lobby, patient waiting area
- Martinsburg VA Medical Center
First floor, Main hallway
- Perry Point VA Medical Center
Building 361, Outpatient waiting area
- Washington DC VA Medical Center
First Floor at Outpatient Pharmacy
First Floor, Room 1E237a, Patient Ed Center
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