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Unpacking depression, anxiety, and PTSD

We are a veteran-owned non-profit apparel company made by the people for the people to promote mental health awareness.

Did you know that one of every fifteen people you meet one has depression, has post-traumatic stress disorder, and three have anxiety (I know. Deep breath. This is what Mental Joe is taking a stand for). As startling as these numbers are, the statistics among veterans are even higher.

Depression has a stranglehold on our society (Yeah, I just went there). It is currently affecting more than 16 million American adults every year. In addition, ́ ́one in 33 children will struggle with depression. Among the millions experiencing depression, a significant amount are veterans. ‘´ In 2008, VA estimated that 1 in 3 veterans visiting primary care clinics has symptoms of depression.!!! There is an imminent need for intervention (Lord, help us all). Many studies show that a family history of depression increases the risk of developing the illness. Unresolved depression in veterans could lead to generations of predisposed children. In recent years, the battle cry for mental health has begun to be heard (About damn time). Though being listened to is not enough, with an average of 20 veterans suicides daily. We must invest in actionable solutions!

How can you take up arms against this fight?

  • You can purchase from our « Apparel with A Purpose » line that donates 10% from every purchase to VETS (Veterans Exploring Treatment Solutions)
  • You can share our blogs so we can reach more people and be part of their healing journey.
  • You can be an advocate for all veterans in your community to have access to resources, housing, and support.

Here at Mental Joe, we value integrity, honesty, and raw vulnerability (The perfect cocktail of a trouble maker… wink-wink). We share our highs and lows of battling depression because we believe others need to hear and see that they are not alone. The one resounding lesson that we have learned is not to believe everything we think. If this message hits close to home, then grab a shirt and become a catalyst for change.

A precursor to both depression and post-traumatic stress disorder is anxiety. In the U.S., anxiety is on the rise and currently affects about 20% of the population. Anxiety develops from a complex set of risk factors including:

  • Genetics
  • Brain Chemistry
  • Personality
  • Life Events

It is also associated with multiple physiological symptoms including: muscle tension, sleep problems, irritable bowel syndrome, and heart palpitations. In short, anxiety can go from being insidious thoughts inside your mind to manifesting disease inside your body. We must be aware of anxiety touch points to learn how to mitigate them.

There are four types of anxiety:

  • Generalized anxiety disorder (Constant anxiety)
  • Panic Disorders (Anxiety attacks)
  • Social Anxiety (They feel anxious around others)
  • Specific Phobias (Flying)

Anxiety shows up in various forms and should never be minimalized or dismissed. In addition, anxiety is a symptom of PTSD.

Shockingly, women are 5x more likely to suffer from PTSD than men. This is a surprise as, historically, PTSD has been associated with combat veterans. « 23 out of 100 women report sexual assault when in the military. » In addition, « 55 out of 100 women and 38 out of 100 men have experienced sexual harassment when in the military. » These experiences are direct precursors of post-traumatic stress disorder. « 65% of men and 45.9% of women who are raped will develop the disorder. » Prevalence of PTSD in the United States is equal to the total population of Texas (I know…absolutely shocking)!

Here at Mental Joe, we emphasize AUTHENTICITY. We value being real over being perfect. We realize that we all have a unique background and upbringing and encourage you to be your most authentic self.

If you live and breathe this mentality, then our real not perfect t-shirt is for you!

Millions of Americans are struggling daily (It could even be your ominous mother-in-law)! With each passing hour, the number of suicides due to anxiety, depression, and PTSD are increasing. It is our mission to help you and others overcome the battle within.

Join us on the Mental Joe platform on August 15th as we explore the treatments your doctor has NEVER prescribed (Prepare to have your mind blown)!

Cheers to embracing your fellow human and realizing that not all wounds are visible!


Chad & Cari

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