Returning from active military duty is often challenging and can trigger a variety of mental health issues. At his practice in Silver Spring, Maryland, Moses M. Kushaba, PsyD, LCSW, offers expert veteran mental health services. With eight years of military experience, he has the expertise to help you cope with issues ranging from reintegrating into your life to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Call Dr. Kushaba today or schedule an appointment online for compassionate counseling services.
While PTSD is commonly associated with military service and veterans, service people have increased risks of a variety of mental health issues that range in severity and impact on your life.
Even with good mental health, reintegrating into your life after a deployment or joining the civilian world is often stressful and can trigger unhealthy habits or responses. You might struggle with finding jobs or re-establishing in-person relationships with friends, family, and romantic partners. If you’ve been in the controlled and disciplined environment of active duty, the chaos of parenting might also impact your mental and emotional health.
Your experiences could trigger depression, bipolar disorder, or anxiety disorders. These mental health conditions are disruptive on their own and often co-occur with each other or with other common mental health conditions like PTSD or addiction.
PTSD can develop after you’ve lived through a life-threatening situation. It causes distressing and disruptive symptoms, including intrusive memories, avoidance behaviors, negative thoughts, and heightened emotional states.
Addiction often co-occurs with other mental health conditions as you try to self medicate with drugs or alcohol. It creates or exacerbates problems in all parts of your life — from your relationships with friends and family to your ability to function at work or even hold a job.
You should make an appointment with Dr. Kushaba if you have any symptoms that are interfering with your health or life. Getting help right away can reduce your emotional disturbances, preserve and improve your self-esteem, and reduce your risk of developing additional mental health issues or more severe symptoms.
Dr. Kushaba provides a safe environment to explore your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Taking time to focus on your mental health and learn strategies to cope with negative thoughts and feelings can give you a framework to recover from conditions like PTSD so that you can lead a healthy, productive, and fulfilling life.
If you’re a veteran with mental health concerns, call Dr. Kushaba today or schedule an appointment online.