Many people avoid seeking out help for psychological problems because of the perceived stigma associated with needing mental health care. This may particularly be true for our veterans.
We know that those who are exposed to trauma are at an increased risk of developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Our veterans face a number of highly stressful situations, including deployment, combat exposure, and reintegration. Given this, it is really not that surprising that veterans are showing high rates of (PTSD), alcohol/drug use, anger management problems, physical health problems, and suicide. Many do not seek out treatment for these difficulties.
However, some vets are also coming forward to share their experience as a way to decrease the stigma and allow others to speak up about their struggles.
Watch MI Healthy Mind on Sunday, featuring Brian Gripentrog, LMSW Readjustment Therapist with Grand Rapid’s Rapids Vet Center.