Week 1: Anxiety Disorders #MHM #MHAM

For each of Mental Health/Mental Health Awareness Month (MHM/MHAM), the SITREP will post information and resources focused on a mental health issue. For Week One, the focus is on Anxiety Disorders.

NOTE: The articles linked below are for informational purposes only & are not intended to diagnose or treat any mental health conditions; their inclusion does not constitute endorsement of any organization, facility, or services. If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, please call 9-1-1. If you feel you may be experiencing a mental health emergency, please consult with a mental health professional. If you are in crisis, the Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 at 1-800-273-8255; Veterans, press 1 at the prompt to be connected to the Veterans Crisis Line. You are not alone, there is help.

Why Does The LGBT Community Experience Such High Levels Of Anxiety? (Anxiety.org) – LGBT people suffer higher-than-average levels of anxiety when compared to the general population. This article will explore the reasons why this is true, and offer suggestions to provide more open, culturally affirming care.

Anxiety and Military Service (Anxiety.org) – Military service is a unique experience. You exist in an environment of camaraderie, esprit-de-corps and the honor of serving a higher calling, but it’s not without hidden dangers. The separation from your family and loved ones and the trauma of war can also be the cause of great anxiety and mental stress. It’s common for servicemen and women to have feelings of fear, anger, sadness and worry after returning from a deployment. Adjusting can be difficult for everyone.

Understanding Anxiety and Depression for LGBTQ People (Anxiety & Depression Association of America) – If you’re lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer(LGBTQ) or are exploring your sexual orientation or gender identity, and you struggle with anxiety or depression, let’s start by putting things into context. By that I mean let’s think through powerful life experiences that fundamentally impact your sense of well-being.

What Are the Types of Anxiety Veterans Struggle with Most? (Forge Health) – Military members often struggle with anxiety and mental health challenges. After serving, they may deal with flashbacks and memories of what they witnessed while serving. There are many beneficial experiences veterans gain from serving in the military. Commonly, they struggle with the transition home again to work and family life as a civilian. Anxiety can show up as both physical and emotional symptoms. Signs of anxiety include nausea, trouble sleeping, and irritability among other things. Learning to deal with anxiety will help veterans who struggle with symptoms and find support from others who understand. 

How Anxiety Affects the LGBTQ Community (Bridges to Recovery) – LGBTQ individuals have an increased risk for many types of mental illness, including anxiety disorders. The reasons include stigma, threats and trauma, discrimination, anti-LGBTQ legislation, rejection by family, and so much more.

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