Veterans with Mental Illness

Mental Illness

Veterans with mental illness may suffer from a number of disorders because of their exposure to trauma while serving. Whether a traumatic event occurred in combat or during training, the extreme stress a veteran faces while serving can lead to mental illness.

If you are a veteran in crisis, call 911, visit your nearest emergency room or call the 24/7 Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255.

To learn about disability claims stemming from mental illness, visit our Mental Illness & Psychiatric Disability Claims section of the website.


Screening for Mental Illness

If you are wondering if you are suffering from a mental illness, or if someone you care about seems to be displaying behavior consistent with a mental disorder, the VA offers screening tools to help assess the condition.

Some of the most common forms of mental illness in veterans are depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety bi-polar disorder and schizophrenia. Substance abuse is another potentially damaging condition that mentally ill veterans face.

Use the VA’s Depression Screening Tool or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Screening Tool to evaluate your condition.


Signs of Mental Illness

Mentally ill vets may be struggling with anger issues or trying to cope with a traumatic event, like sexual abuse or the loss of a person close to them in combat.

Take note if you or a loved one is exhibiting any of the following signs of mental illness:

A new Washington-Kaiser Post Family Foundation Poll of returning Iraq and Afghanistan service members found that:

Don’t hesitate to intervene if you believe someone you care about may be struggling with mental illness. If you are a veteran in need of help, reach out today.


Contact Vets National Advocates for Help

Coping with a mental illness takes support. If you are suffering as a result of a service-connected disability, Vets National Advocates is here to help. Learn more about recovering disability compensation for your mental illness by visiting the site’s section on Mental Illness & Psychiatric Disability Claims.

You shouldn't suffer a service-connected mental illness without the benefits you've earned.
If you would like help with your veterans disability claim, contact us online now or call 1 (877) 777-4021.

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