Leesa Reed, a social worker and therapist at the Springfield VA Clinic, said the clinic already has a number of ways to assess returning veterans’ state of minds, including many brief screenings for symptoms of depression, PTSD and other mental illnesses. Reed said she would take seriously any new research which could help other veterans down the line.
"I think any information is valuable and any information you can get, if an individual answers it truthfully or even any information you can get based on where they feel their need, is going to help you,” Reed said.
Reed said the clinic’s biggest challenge is to build trust and get veterans to open up to therapists. She said the VA and the military have done a better job since the war in Iraq began to show veterans it's okay to get help for illnesses like PTSD and depression. Before, Reed said vets had a 'go it alone' mentality, and now many of them are coming to the clinic for help.
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