Veterans Are Special for Us at the Yang Institute
The Yang Institute continually challenges itself to go far beyond a basic appreciation for our veterans alone. We recognize what many veterans have experienced, day in and day out, thousands of miles from home, often in the face of mortal danger. We are in awe of your dedication and sacrifices for our country. We are honored to work with each and every veteran that reaches out to the Yang Institute for help with their mental health concerns.
There are three primary mental health concerns that we often work with veterans to address at the Yang Institute:
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Traumatic events, such as military combat, assault, disasters or sexual assault can have long-lasting negative effects such as trouble sleeping, anger, nightmares, being jumpy and alcohol and drug abuse. When these troubles don’t go away, it could be PTSD. The 2014 Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Psychiatry study found the rate of PTSD for veterans is 15 times higher than civilians. (See “About Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)” for more information)
- Depression. More than just experiencing sadness, depression doesn’t mean you are weak, nor is it something that you can simply “just get over.” Depression interferes with daily life and normal functioning and may require treatment. The 2014 Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Psychiatry study found the rate of depression for veterans to be five times higher than civilians. (See “About Depression” for more information)
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). A traumatic brain injury is usually the result of significant blow to the head or body. Symptoms can include headaches, fatigue or drowsiness, memory problems and mood changes and mood swings. According to the Department of Defense, from 2000 through the first quarter of 2018, 383,947 service members suffered some severity level of Traumatic Brain Injury. (See “About Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)” for more information)
We also understand the challenges that veterans face in working with their health system bureaucracies to get a referral for treatment. The Yang Institute is adept at sorting through each veteran’s individual situation to achieve timely optimal outcomes. As a veteran, its up to you to contact us as soon as possible so that we can get the process started.