I am Stephanie, been serving in the Army for 15 years and I am a new member of the group. I have been diagnosed with depression, anxiety and adjustment disorder which I have been dealing with on and off for the last decade. I decided to join the group because I have seen mental health providers and LCSWs in the Army, but anytime we military members see them, they give u a medical diagnosis and our communication with them is basically not confidential and that information can be used when the government determines our suitability for a security clearance.
So, here I am wanting the support of peers and people who can understand what I go through because they go through similar situations and have the same conditions. I hope to connect with you all and get your support and provide support and a listening ear to my fellow group members.
Hi stephy82, let me be the first to thank you for your service. Also would like to welcome you to this safe and secure support site. This is a group of men and women of all ages going through the same issues with mental health. We help each other by understanding, comforting and most of all caring.
Hope to talk soon. xx
Thank you so very much for the warm welcome. One of the things that is difficult for service members is to accept shortcomings that relate to mental health, because the image we are expected to portray of strength being the defenders of freedom and all. I have tried to hold that tough Soldier image for long enough, I am now focusing on being mentally and psychological health more than an image that does not reflect me in truth.
I agree with you in that it's now time for Stephy to take care of herself. It doesn't make you any less strong in my eyes, but human. x
I'm so glad you reached out to us. Let us know in how we may help you as we all share
our journey with mental health. You're never alone. xx