Guest Interview ~ Meet Nicholas Trandahl ~ A Veteran Fighting the Stigma of Mental Illness


  • Nicholas, thank you so much for sharing your story with us. The more people are willing to stand up and confidently tell their story of mental illness, the sooner the world will accept it as a real medical condition ~ no different from any other! Tell us a little bit about your history with mental illness.

I’ve suffered from anxiety for several years, but depression first reared its head in 2009, while I was deployed in the Middle East with my Missile Defense battery in the U.S. Army.

Fueled by the first signs of my marriage failing, loneliness, isolation and spiritual guilt (being a practicing Buddhist but being in a profession and culture of militarism) depression quickly spread rampantly in a severe downward spiral that summer. I began a process of isolating, my military unit taking a hands-off approach with me and thus inadvertently increasing my isolation, until on the morning of 09-09-09 I attempted suicide alone in the dark in my barracks room.

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