Conditions We Treat

Emory Healthcare Veterans Program specializes in treating Veterans and servicemembers who are dealing with the mental and emotional after-effects of military service. We offer comprehensive treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), military sexual trauma (MST), depression and anxiety.

For More Information and to Determine Eligibility

To get more information and/or to speak with someone to determine your eligibility for evaluation, please call 888–514–5345 or complete the private online form below and we will contact you.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD is an anxiety disorder that can result from a traumatic or life-threatening event such as military combat. Thousands of servicemembers and Veterans struggle with PTSD. Often, they resist seeking help because of negative ideas about PTSD or the fear of what others might think. PTSD can affect personal relationships and even destroy families.

Symptoms of PTSD can start immediately after the trauma or much later. You may feel haunted by memories and have a range of symptoms that can include:

  • Nightmares and trouble sleeping
  • Flashbacks and intrusive thoughts or images
  • Strong startle reactions
  • Problems with anger
  • Constantly feeling overly alert or on edge
  • Avoidance of crowds, social gatherings, driving in traffic or other potential triggers
  • Anxiety or panic attacks

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

TBI is an injury to the brain caused by outside trauma to the head. The trauma could be caused by a blow to the head, fall, motor vehicle accident or blast of an explosion.

TBI can be mild, moderate or severe, depending on how long the person is unconscious, confused, and unable to form new memories following the injury. Most TBIs are considered mild. A mild TBI is also referred to as a concussion.

Diagnosing TBI can be challenging. Symptoms can be similar to other mental or physical conditions and may be attributed to the stress of combat. It’s important to have a health care team that is familiar with TBI. Symptoms can include:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Sensitivity to light or sounds
  • Blurry vision
  • Difficulty remembering or concentrating
  • Irritability and moodiness

Symptoms of mild TBI usually resolve within a few weeks. However, some people have longer-lasting symptoms, called “prolonged post-concussion syndrome.” PTSD, depression, chronic pain, poor sleep or the effects of some medicines can complicate TBI.

Military Sexual Trauma (MST)

Military sexual trauma refers to sexual assault or repeated, threatening sexual harassment during military service. It can happen to men and women and includes any sexual activity in which a person is involved against his/her will. Individuals who have experienced MST may have been pressured into sexual activities (for example, with threats of negative consequences for refusing or with implied faster promotions or better treatment in exchange for sex). Further, individuals who have been subjected to MST may have been unable to consent because they were intoxicated or incapacitated. Alternatively, MST survivors may have been physically forced.

Military sexual trauma also includes:

  • Unwanted sexual touching or grabbing
  • Threatening, offensive remarks about a person’s body or sexual activities
  • Threatening or unwelcome sexual advances

Individuals who have experienced MST may be troubled by haunting memories and nightmares, anxiety or depression.

Anxiety

Everyone has some level of anxiety, but Veterans and/or servicemembers can have anxiety resulting from their service that interferes with daily life. Symptoms may include:

  • Excessive and uncontrollable worry about relationships, work performance, safety or other concerns
  • Fear of certain places or activities, such as driving or flying
  • Panic attacks
  • Upset stomach or digestion problems
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Irritability
  • Problems concentrating

Depression

Depression is more than just feeling sad or blue for a while. Clinical depression includes emotional, cognitive (thinking), physical and behavioral symptoms that last longer than two weeks.

You may have a wide range of symptoms that can include:

  • Sadness and crying
  • Irritability
  • Decreased enjoyment and interest
  • Feeling worthless, helpless and hopeless
  • Suicidal thoughts, plans or attempts
  • Trouble remembering or concentrating
  • Decreased energy
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Changes in appetite
  • Wanting to be alone
  • Being less active or productive than usual

For More Information and to Determine Eligibility

To get more information and/or to speak with someone to determine your eligibility for evaluation, please call 888–514–5345 or complete the private online form below and we will contact you.