Military Families Support Directory
WebMD is working with the White House on the "Joining Forces" initiative to support military families. Because of the dedication and sacrifice service members provide, we as a community have a responsibility to assist them and their families in the challenges they may face before, during, and after deployment. For military members, these challenges may include depression, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and traumatic brain injury. Meanwhile military families at home are shouldering the responsibilities of daily life on their own, while worrying about their loved ones who are deployed. The links below can help us identify these stressors so all of us can help support the resilience and well-being of military families.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder-Military Concerns
"Being in the Guard now is like a mandatory support group because they've all been there too." - Iraq war veteran Tim Young If you are in the military,you may have seen combat. You may have been on missions that exposed you to horrible and life-threatening experiences. You may have been shot at,seen a buddy shot,or seen death. These are types of events that can lead to post-traumatic stress ...
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder-In Their Own Words
Telling others about having post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is hard. But for the following people,it’s part of recovering. Read what they say about how PTSD felt,how it affected their families,and how treatment is helping them get better. Marvin Turner and his family survived Hurricane Katrina on a neighbor’s rooftop. "I have visions of being up on the roof and going through it all ...
Resources for Military Families
WebMD provides a list of resources for military families facing challenges that affect their health and well being.
Depression: Supporting Someone Who Is Depressed
If someone you care about has been diagnosed with depression,you may feel helpless. Maybe you're watching a once-vibrant person slide into inactivity or seeing a good friend lose interest in activities that he or she used to enjoy. The change in your loved one's or friend's behavior may be so great that you feel you no longer know him or her.
Military Families & Autism: Fun Activities for Autistic Kids
When your child is autistic, it’s important to find fun activities the whole family can enjoy. For military families, a variety of programs are available to help.
Veterans' Health Problems: Limb Loss, PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury, and More
WebMD discusses common veteran or military health problems, how to cope with these health conditions, and how military families can find support.
Bob Woodruff's Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery
ABC News journalist Bob Woodruff talks with WebMD about his experiences before, during, and after a traumatic brain injury that occurred in Iraq while on a 2006 reporting assignment.
Depression Traps: Social Withdrawal, Rumination, and More
WebMD identifies 6 behaviors that can worsen depression. Get tips for avoiding these traps.