medical discharge/depression
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barf

Beaver, PA

#21 Sep 2, 2012
he will be sent to a discharge platoon it may take awhile before leaving bootcampp then will be sent home via bus
kelly

Lodz, Poland

#22 Sep 19, 2012
Being depressed while on service is dangerous for the person suffering from it and the people around him or her. It is important to be safely taken back home and finish up one's medications first before going back. Safety is the highest priority when out in the field and not having the mind focused might bring tragedy. You may visit http://www.zoloftsertralinebirthdefects.com for related info.
Depressed Dog

Indio, CA

#23 Sep 23, 2012
I've been dealing with depression and suicidal thoughts for a while now, and recently it's gotten so bad that I've spoken with the chaplain about it. I feel helpless, like everything is spinning out of control, and like i'm standing at the bottom of a hill with an avalanche flying towards me. I can't take this lifestyle-the stress, the pressure, the feeling of someone looking over your shoulder. I feel like the longer I stay in and the farther I go, the worse it's going to get, and continue to build and build until I snap. I'm going to speak with a psychologist tomorrow, but to be honest I don't think there's anything they can do or tell me to make me feel better. I feel like as long as I'm in this lifestyle I'll feel this way, and it'll only get worse. I feel like I've made the biggest mistake of my life. Is there anything I can do? Lost and hopeless.
MA MOM

Haverhill, MA

#24 Sep 24, 2012
Depressed Dog wrote:
I've been dealing with depression and suicidal thoughts for a while now, and recently it's gotten so bad that I've spoken with the chaplain about it. I feel helpless, like everything is spinning out of control, and like i'm standing at the bottom of a hill with an avalanche flying towards me. I can't take this lifestyle-the stress, the pressure, the feeling of someone looking over your shoulder. I feel like the longer I stay in and the farther I go, the worse it's going to get, and continue to build and build until I snap. I'm going to speak with a psychologist tomorrow, but to be honest I don't think there's anything they can do or tell me to make me feel better. I feel like as long as I'm in this lifestyle I'll feel this way, and it'll only get worse. I feel like I've made the biggest mistake of my life. Is there anything I can do? Lost and hopeless.
RUN as fast as you can from 29 and I bet you will be better - my son was at 29 and that is where his life fell apart - he is out now and regrets his choice - now he has nothing - do what ever it takes to stay and get off that base - good luck
worried21

Santa Barbara, CA

#25 Nov 11, 2012
so i am thinking of joining but i did have depression in my freshman year of collage and i was on anti-depressent but is that a problem for me now if i want to join the marines?
Jdawg

Los Angeles, CA

#26 Mar 5, 2013
dushay wrote:
My son entered the Marines boot camp July 23,2012. I want to know how long is the separation process because I was given an 72hour window with very little information.So far my son hasn't been returned to me. My son is being discharged for depression. My first call for him being discharged was like July 25th 2012 then a couple if days later he called saying he will continue training. The next call came Like August 13th 2012 like I said a 72hour window with me sitting and waiting no calls or nothing and the bad part they only can talk about 2minutes to tell you they are being discharged. He is my only son and I am worried wondering what's going on. Wondering if someone is mistreating him and not knowing how this 18 year old will get home will it be on plane,train,bus, how? He just turned 18 in March he has never gone anywhere but to Marine PT and to school of course otherwise my son is a homebody. Does anyone know the procedures for discharge? I'm so worried! Thank you!
I'm in a similar situation. What happened with your son?
Jdawg

United States

#27 Mar 5, 2013
I'm in a similar situation with my son. Could you tell me what happened with your son I'd really appreciate it. It would help a ton. Thank you
concerned marine mom

United States

#28 Mar 11, 2014
lostforever wrote:
For the past year i've had troubles with severe depression and anxiety. First off I have a great record in the military and good remarks all around. But when i was deployed last year I was hazed and harrassed continously. It got so bad it was to the point where i was removed from the platoon. I saw mental health while i was in iraq though i never told them i did have thought of suicide. I returned last fall and i have been trying to make a turn around. But no matter what i do Im always so depressed and full of anxiety. Due to what happened Ive become extremely resentful of marines and the marine corp. I tried being motivated when i got back but here i am several months later and still having problems coping with depression and anxiety. Because of these problems i have no friends and i have lost interest in all things. Its gotten so bad lately i have had thoughts of hurting myself in hopes it will help me escape the way i feel. Right now i am taking antidepressents and vallium to calm me down. Though my main question is will they give me a medical discharge for all this? Ive never been had a page 11 or njp. Im not a **** bag looking for an easy way out. and i'm not an asshole looking for a check. I just cant stand the day to day stresses with military life anymore. I just feel if i leave and am back home with my family who i am extremely close to i will eventually be ok even without the meds. I just dont know how to go about my situatuion properly. I do have a mental health appt on the 26 of march. I have not been seen by mental health since i left iraq. I just dont want to hear another ridiculous suck it up marine speech..i just want help!
please respond if you are still out there. You explained my sons feelings exactly.! The only difference is his hazing started the moment he arrived at his PDS. I hope you are okay. I need to get my son help!
Concern mother

Fair Lawn, NJ

#29 Apr 18, 2014
jb nas dallas wrote:
<quoted text> YES YOUR SON WILL STILL BE A MARINE!!! HE EARNED THE TITLE, IT WASNT GIVEN TO HIM AND HE DIDNT BUY IT11 semper fi to your marine my prayers will be with you and him, marines take care of marines to the best of their ability, i cant be where you or he is, but i can pray for you and yours !!! "SEMPER FI"
My daughter is been getting honorable discharge just because she felt the need to talk to a doctor about the way she was feeling in the marine corps she is a real fighter I'm so proud of her but this doctor report her and suggest my daughter should be discharge due to mental issues this does not seem to be right for me she has never been on treatment of any kind or medication no actual diagnostic until that day this new doctor on her base try to put her away but my daughter,s superiors does not feel like helping her why she have to go through all this I need help please thanks
pfcnobody

Kailua, HI

#30 Oct 1, 2014
Does anybody know if you can actually be discharged for sleepwalking? And if so what type of discharge would you get?
sherry faulhaber

Augusta, GA

#32 Jun 9, 2015
Depressed Dog wrote:
I've been dealing with depression and suicidal thoughts for a while now, and recently it's gotten so bad that I've spoken with the chaplain about it. I feel helpless, like everything is spinning out of control, and like i'm standing at the bottom of a hill with an avalanche flying towards me. I can't take this lifestyle-the stress, the pressure, the feeling of someone looking over your shoulder. I feel like the longer I stay in and the farther I go, the worse it's going to get, and continue to build and build until I snap. I'm going to speak with a psychologist tomorrow, but to be honest I don't think there's anything they can do or tell me to make me feel better. I feel like as long as I'm in this lifestyle I'll feel this way, and it'll only get worse. I feel like I've made the biggest mistake of my life. Is there anything I can do? Lost and hopeless.
I'm sorry the usmc is giving you depression. My husband is suffering from usmc withdraw. Try changing your mos if you love the corp. There are always other mos and stations there are also other services. My husband thought he wanted the army at 17, eneded up min usmc bootcamp after 7 yrs. Taking your life is not an option. Hang in there.
Lost-Found

Venice, CA

#33 Sep 11, 2015
Hello everyone, I know I may be a little late to the party but I wanted to express how I feel and maybe give you all who are still going through what you're going through and the new fellow service-members and loved ones. So here is my story and process from beginning to end. I've been depressed for as long as I can remember, middle school it was the worse and high school I still have depression and isolation issues. I never told anyone how I was feeling because I thought I was just having growing pains and just the nature of the beast of being a teenager.
In the 11/12th grade I was on the internet and saw an ad about the military and soon I was becoming obsessed over and feeling like I found my meaning to life and this is what I needed to do to get my life going. I swore in the Marine Corps 2012, loss 10lbs in 3 days to go to bootcamp because I was a very heavy set dude and still am. Graduated bootcamp, then went to ITB and became a Mortarman and then went to my unit April/May. Immediately when I got to my unit and finding out I had a baby boy on the way soon I started to feel the real Marine Corps pressures but also the pressures of becoming a father and finding out 4-5 months before the baby being due. I was being treated like a kid but becoming a father lol.
Lots of tension arose, I was born in Los Angeles and was stationed on Camp Pendleton so I went home on the weekends to help take care of my son. Hearing a baby cry all day on the weekends and being in the Infantry during the week started to take a toll and then I became more angry and depressed. I stuck it out for a year in the fleet and hit my breaking point during ITX in 29 Palms. I worked hard and did what I told to the best of my abilities but being angry and seeing people be hazed/mistreated and dealing with idiotic people started turning me into a hateful person. I knew these were thing I was going to have to deal with, I wanted to go through the toughest, but I just saw a lot of unnecessary things happening and didn't really care.
I felt like I wasn't given proper emotional support from my mother so that caught up with me and eventually I started to lose focus of everything. I wanted to say something sooner but I knew I was going to get the "Suck it up", the "I don't understand what you're going through but I'm going to help you", and the "You trying to take the easy way out?". So I didn't say anything until I had to get the gun up during a live fire training session and the mortar hit the wrong spot. Luckily no one was hurt but on the walk back to the front of the range I knew I had to speak to someone, so I did. They took my weapon and magazines, I felt worthless when that happened. A Marine with no M16? I wasn't a criminal and they knew it but it was protocol. 99.9% of the higher ups will not care about your son's/daughter's feelings at all because they are either desensitized from being in the service so long, have tons of other shit to get done, and they have probably seen a lot of people fake it and now they see it as crying wolf.
During this phase of it all I felt like I had to prove that I was depressed! Isn't that crazy? Not many Marines are mature enough on that level to put themselves in your shoes. They will see it as you copping out sometimes because they've also probably have had these feelings but never said anything or just jealous because I was getting out and they were fulfilling their obligation no matter what and I can understand but I don't why someone would be jealous of someone going through this. I could stay in and "suck it up" then to help suck it up, I'm not addicted to alcohol to help cope, then I'm beating the mother of my child, and it can be a big snowball effect. I already knew, I've thought about staying in so much but I didn't want people to go from being proud of me to being disappointed in me. I had to shun out what people thought and stuck by what I believed.

Since: Sep 15

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#34 Sep 11, 2015
Meant to say "I could stay in and "suck it up" then to help suck it up, but now I'm addicted to alcohol to help cope, then I'm beating the mother of my child when I'm drunk, and it can be a big snowball effect. I already knew, I've thought about staying in so much but I didn't want people to go from being proud of me to being disappointed in me. I had to shun out what people thought and stuck by what I believed."

(cont. from last post)
No one knows me more than I do. Waiting to get out took a while, I would say about 4-5 months to get my 10 day letter. My 1st Sgt told me that he was going to put in for me to get me Honorable Discharge because I told someone before it got worse and I was a good Marine while I was in. But I'm not sure if that was protocol or if he was actually being honest with me. Very hard to tell but I didn't believe that is how he felt fully. I'm now out of the military and when I got out I was very depressed from getting what I thought would be a good choice because now I felt like I made the wrong choice and I couldn't feel excited about being the Marines because even though I got an Honorable Discharge, I felt like I didn't earn it. Some feel like I did but the ones that feel like I don't aren't really nice people to begin with so I can't trust a judgement from a person who angry or jealous because it's not coming from a normal state, they see everything negatively.

Some days I feel like I can be gung ho about being Marine, and some days I don't because I felt like I didn't finish what I started. I also almost hate bringing up that I was in the Marines because they ask how long I was in, and I tell the truth and then they ask how come I didn't finish my enlistment. That reason is very personal and not something I should just tell a stranger because people prejudge and its road I've been down many times and care not to do because I already know how it ends.

But fortunately now even though I miss being in the military, I'm a far better person! I've gotten in shape (I was in terrible shape in the Marines due to - y'know), I exercise with a trainer now, I read more books, and started doing music as a career, and have been eating healthy and I feel like a new person. I feel emotionally wiser, mentally tougher due to my mental hardships, and physically stronger than ever before. If you're going through this, it can always get worse so dig deep and pull yourself together. Visualize who you want to be and go for it! I am music artist now and have big dreams.

If music doesn't work out I would like to fight my way back into the military and become a Fire Fighter in the Air Force specifically. I know it might seem a little crazy to go back to the military lifestyle but I feel like I've come along way and can do it better this time and finish what I started. I'm in a different place now, a better place and I plan to make it even better before I attempt to get back in. Sorry for the long story, and hope all this helped!

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