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Mental and emotional well-being is essential to look and feel your best at any age. Increase your ability to cope with stress, better understand its mental and physical effects, and develop skills to minimize its impact on your health by visiting the Mental Health Care webpage.

Factors that May Affect Your Mental Health Wellness
Anxiety

Individuals living with anxiety live in a world of "what if?" It's often a world of hypervigilance and worst case scenarios.

Stress Stress comes in two varieties: Good stress and bad stress. Life stress involves all mental burdens that affect an individual.
Sexual Trauma Sexual trauma is any sexual activity where someone is involved against his or her will -- may have been pressured into sexual activities, may have been unable to consent to sexual activities (for example, when intoxicated), or may have been physically forced into sexual activities.
Spirituality Different factors can challenge individuals' long held beliefs. In the face of difficulty, many, often for the first time, will give serious consideration to spiritual concerns. Still others find their life experiences strengthen their belief system, whether it has a spiritual component or not.
Work Work environments and requirements vary significantly. Praiseworthy skills in one occupation may be germane or likely counterproductive in another.

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Prevent TBIs this summer and beyond

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6/21/2017
Each year, more than 1 million people visit the emergency room because of TBIs. And contrary to common belief, most TBIs experienced by service members result from motor vehicle accidents, not exposures to blasts. TBI can damage your brain tissue, and it can impair your speech and language skills, balance and motor coordination, and memory. (MHS graphic)

Each year, more than 1 million people visit the emergency room because of TBIs. And contrary to common belief, most TBIs experienced by service members result from motor vehicle accidents, not exposures to blasts. TBI can damage your brain tissue, and it can impair your speech and language skills, balance and motor coordination and memory

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How brain injury may affect communication skills

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5/24/2017
Laticia Jackson, a health educator, talks to a patient. Symptoms of communication disorders after a TBI can differ depending upon the type and severity of the injury. For many, problems with communication are the result of difficulties with attention and memory, such as not being able to follow a conversation, not with the ability to speak. (U.S. Navy photo by Jason Bortz)

How a service member communicates with others can change after a traumatic brain injury

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Navy Medicine East stresses pursuit of mental health a sign of strength

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5/22/2017
Navy Lt. Terrance Skidmore, a social worker, speaks to a patient during a one-on-one session. The month of May is designated Mental Health Awareness Month with the purpose of raising awareness about mental illnesses. (U.S. Navy photo by Ensign Courtney Avon)

Military life and its associated experiences can be especially challenging causing many service members and their families to experience various levels of stress

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Pentagon displays art from recovering wounded warriors

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5/19/2017
Retired Air Force Staff Sgt. Greg Miller and his wife Heather stand in front of Miller’s three-dimensional art made with wood screws now on display as part of the 2017 Pentagon Patriotic Art Program: Wounded Warrior Healing Arts Exhibit. (Courtesy photo)

Pentagon Patriotic Art Program: Wounded Warrior Healing Arts Exhibit is helping those affected with the visible and invisible wounds of war

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Program offers holistic recovery tools to Soldiers with TBI

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5/9/2017
MIST Program participants engage in traditional and nontraditional therapies, such as creating symbolic masks. The MIST Program offers holistic treatment to service members with traumatic brain injuries and other traumatic conditions. (U.S. Army photo by Suzanne Ovel)

The holistic focus of MIST recognizes that the whole person is affected by brain injuries and the conditions that often accompany them

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Marine learns to seek help for his mental health, encourages others to do same

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5/4/2017
As one of the most storied battles of recent Marine Corps history, the Battle of Fallujah took the lives of more than two dozen Marines and injured many more. Not all of those injuries were immediately apparent. (Courtesy photo)

Marine Gunnery Sgt. Mathew Barr survived the Battle of Fallujah, Iraq, in 2004. But he then faced a new battle for his mental wellness.

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How to stay the course for good mental health

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5/2/2017
Many mental health conditions require treatment and won’t go away on their own. Putting off or dropping out of treatment could cause symptoms to get worse and impact many areas of your life. (U.S. Army photo)

Seeking help and committing to treatment for a mental health challenge is one of the best investments you can make

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Reducing stigma of mental health care supports overall wellness

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5/1/2017
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To kick off May’s mental health awareness campaign, Capt. Robert DeMartino stresses the importance of mental health as part of a person’s overall health, and urges readers to ‘keep the conversation going.’

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Single? Deployed? These relationship tips are helpful no matter what your status is

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Valentine’s Day is known for cards, chocolates, flowers and sweet affirmations – but the holiday can bring a mix of emotions

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DCoE hot-topic blogs of 2016

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Military spouses and kids: Staying resilient

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As a military spouse, you have a lot on your plate – and if you’re also a parent, you have to balance those challenges with the needs of your children

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Don’t let holiday stress get you down

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The holidays don’t need to take a toll on your health. Keep a check on over-commitment and over-spending. Balance work, home and play. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration by Airman 1st Class Destinee Dougherty)

Despite the fun and enjoyment the holidays can bring for many, for others, it can be a time of stress

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Healthy aging possible for all: Tips to follow

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Fort Belvoir geriatric physician provides tips on how one can enjoy a healthy lifestyle while getting older.

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Yoga helps me manage PTSD

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Reclaiming your life is purpose of PTSD program

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