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Can the military discharge you if you suffer from depression?

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The military may discharge a soldier who has a mental condition such as depression. Any physical or mental illness that can interfere with a soldier's duty and performance can be used as grounds for discharge.

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Can the military discharge you if you suffer from depression?
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If the soldier shows signs of major depression while in a warzone, such as insomnia, feeling helpless and depressed, inability to focus on work and thoughts of suicide, the military may offer medication and therapy. However, if the soldier refuses psychiatric medication, then they may be administratively separated or discharged without medical retirement or benefits. The military may also discharge a soldier within the first few months of service if he displays symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorders.

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