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I wanna know what I can do to fix my mental issues. I’ve been snapping at people for no reason. And I’m constantly depressed. I’ve lost interest in a lot of things. And I’m always angry.

Everyone feels sad or angry at times.

But if you’re depressed, you may feel some or all of these symptoms for more than a few weeks:

  • Anger
  • Poor concentration
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Boredom/loss of interest
  • Changes in appetite or sex drive
  • Social withdrawal

Depression can be managed and is very treatable when working with a behavioral health provider. He or she will be able to help you improve your symptoms, including your anger and sadness, and help you get to the bottom of what is making you depressed. Then, together, you can develop a plan for how to treat your depression.

Boost Your Mood Today

There are also things that you can do to help improve your mood in the short-term:

Check Out Guard Resources

The National Guard Bureau’s Psychological Health Program provides support to the National Guard Community. The program provides Directors of Psychological Health who you can talk within a safe, confidential environment about your problems—big or small. Search the drop down list on GuardYourHealth.com to find a director in your state.

Another option is to contact Vets4Warriors for free peer support. The support line (1-855-838-8255) or live chat is available 24/7 for National Guard Soldiers and families.

Seek Immediate Help in Crisis

If you have thoughts that you might want to hurt yourself or end your life, reach out for help immediately. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and press 1 if you want to talk to the Military Crisis Line.

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