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Michele's Journey: Overcoming Adjustment Disorder in the Military

In the shadows of valor and patriotism, there exists a narrative often overlooked—the struggles of our military veterans battling their inner demons long after their service ends. Michele's story is a testament to the resilience forged in the crucible of adversity, and her journey from the depths of despair to becoming a beacon of hope for others is one that deserves to be heard.


Michele, an Army veteran, endured a harrowing series of traumas during her time in service. The loss of her stepdaughter, the dissolution of her marriage, and countless other trials left her emotionally scarred. Yet, through it all, she exemplified the unwavering strength that defines our military members in the face of trying times.


In the military, the ethos of selflessness is deeply ingrained. Service members are trained to prioritize the needs of others above their own—a noble but often perilous creed when it comes to mental and emotional well-being. Michele candidly shares her struggle with neglecting her own mental health amidst the demands of her service, a struggle that nearly cost her everything.


She recounts the dark moments when suicide seemed like the only escape, not just for herself but also for her daughter. The weight of her trauma threatened to consume her entirely, until a pivotal moment intervened—a 72-hour hold that saved her life. Despite the stigma attached to seeking help, particularly within the military community where strength is synonymous with stoicism, Michele's decision to prioritize her mental health was a turning point.


Contrary to common belief, Michele's journey towards healing didn't mark the end of her military career; instead, it heralded a new beginning. By embracing treatment and committing to her recovery, she not only regained her footing but discovered a renewed sense of purpose. Today, Michele is not only a thriving member of society but also a tireless advocate for mental health within the veteran community.


Her transformation is nothing short of remarkable. Michele now channels her experiences into helping fellow veterans navigate their own struggles, offering empathy, understanding, and practical support. Moreover, she has emerged as a devoted parent, proving that healing isn't just about reclaiming one's own life but also about nurturing the lives entrusted to us.


Michele's story serves as a poignant reminder that seeking help is not a sign of weakness but an act of courage. By shattering the silence surrounding mental health struggles in the military, she paves the way for others to follow suit. Her advocacy is a beacon of hope for those who may still be trapped in the darkness, showing them that there is light on the other side.


In a world where strength is often measured in physical prowess and stoic endurance, Michele's journey challenges us to redefine resilience. True strength lies not in shouldering burdens alone but in reaching out for support when we need it most. Through her courage, compassion, and unwavering determination, Michelle embodies the very essence of resilience—a living testament to the power of hope and healing.

You Can Find Michele on Instagram @dalionessden

“Adjustment disorders are excessive reactions to stress that involve negative thoughts, strong emotions and changes in behavior. The reaction to a stressful change or event is much more intense than would typically be expected. This can cause a lot of problems in getting along with others, as well as at work or school.”

Some symptoms are:

Feeling sad, hopeless or not enjoying things you used to enjoy.

Crying often.

Worrying, or feeling anxious, nervous, jittery or stressed out.

Feeling irritable or like you can't handle anything and don't know where to start.

Having trouble sleeping.

Not eating enough.

Having difficulty concentrating.

Having difficulty with daily activities.

Withdrawing from family and friends who support you socially.

Not doing important things, such as going to work or paying bills.

Thinking about suicide or acting on those thoughts.


If you are having thoughts of suicide or harming yourself and others please reach out for help:

In the U.S., call or text 988 to reach the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. It's available 24 hours a day, every day. Or use the Lifeline Chat. Services are free and private.

U.S. veterans or service members who are in crisis can call 988 and then press "1" for the Veterans Crisis Line. Or text 838255. Or chat online.

The Suicide & Crisis Lifeline in the U.S. has a Spanish-language phone line at 1-888-628-9454 (toll-free).

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