Tinnitus is one of the common disabilities among veterans who have already been diagnosed with depression. Neurobiological factors like irritability, fatigue, and concentration problems are related to both depression and tinnitus (as cited in Martz et al., 2018). As a result, the quality of life continues to change and decrease with time. I have become challenged with communication issues and cannot cope with unexplained irritability. My family and friends do not always understand my requests, and I need more time to explain my state, wants, and expectations. These steps occur regularly and exhaust me to a certain extent.
Sinus arrhythmia with bradycardia is another condition that may be provoked by depression in veterans. It is associated with poorly controlled changes in heart rhythm, which leads to frequent lightheadedness, shortness of breath, and fainting. The effects of this complication should not be ignored in my life. I try to avoid long walks, crowds, and noisy companies. It seems that aging approaches me faster than I expect, and I do not want to lose my days dealing with heart diseases.
The coexistence of vertigo and depression has a serious outcome on veteran life quality. Sometimes, I cannot get rid of the feeling that the world around me is moving fast, and I am no longer able to keep my balance and participate in all the necessary activities. This sensation is hard to predict and control, and I must report vertigo as a complication of depression each time I visit my therapist. Sudden movements may cause lightheadedness and dizziness, and I need to find the nearest wall or another object for support.
Finally, I notice that hearing loss is something that bothers me today. Tinnitus and hearing loss are examples of cognitive and auditory impairments that make people change their habits (Martz et al., 2018). I observe complications in conversation and suffer from a terrible feeling of isolation. I understand that my veteran experience has its results, and this life will never be the same if no professional help is offered soon.
Martz, E., Jelleberg, C., Dougherty, D. D., Wolters, C., & Schneiderman, A. (2018). Tinnitus, depression, anxiety, and suicide in recent veterans. Ear and Hearing, 39(6), pp. 1046-1056.