What is depression as it relates to military veterans?

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Depression is a common problem for veterans when they return to civilian life, and it has a variety of symptoms. Being at war is an emotional stressor simply because of the separation from home and loved ones, and the challenges and crises of combat. The aftermath of this stress can be depression, sometimes mild, sometimes severe. Typically, a depressed person feels a deep sadness, or shows a noticeable loss of interest or pleasure in activities they used to enjoy. Depression is different from fleeting moods of sadness or low energy. It is a disease, and should not be seen as a character flaw or weakness. When you are depressed, the neurotransmitters in your brain are not functioning properly. This can create feelings of despair or hopelessness. Fortunately, depression is very treatable.

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