Will depression keep me from getting a civilian job again?

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It’s not unusual for veterans to be concerned about the effect of depression and other mental health disorders on their prospects for employment. Six out of ten service members report concerns that if they seek help for depression, it may hurt their career. Clearly there is still a perception of stigma among veterans themselves regarding depression. In addition, veterans with depression may find themselves unwilling or feeling unable to return to work. Older veterans, those without spouses, those who smoke, drink to excess, or use drugs, and those who have not tried to return to work a year or more after return from the service, will find it most difficult to return to a civilian job. Once a veteran with depression has gone back to work, it is important to continue treatment as needed. Otherwise, the depression symptoms may return, and cause the veteran to frequently miss work or quit his/her job altogether.

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