His story especially resonated with me, because I was in the same situation, 15 years ago. I was not an officer - I was only a Spec 4 (enlisted). At the time, I did not know that I was suffering from a medical condition (and would not begin to know for another 2 years), and neither did the Army. The depression eventually got bad enough that I didn't report for duty (on more than one occasion). I just sat in my apartment, knowing the MPs were going to show up but not caring or feeling anything at all. In the following months, I lost two grades in rank through Article 15's (demoted to Private E-2 in non-judicial punishment proceedings) and finally given a general discharge under honorable conditions.
Most of my unit thought I was trying to pull a fast one to get out of duty, get out of the Army, and go home. I heard my brigade commander was against discharging me - that he wanted me court-martialed instead. The company commander and 1st sergeant thought I was a discipline problem to be solved through Article 15's and extra duty.
Before I was discharged, I was sent to talk to a counselor a few times. Even not knowing what my problems really were, I got the feeling my problems were way over the counselor's head. My impression of that time is that the Army was not really equipped to deal with soldiers with those kinds of problems and that it didn't want to.
I am proud to be able to say I served, but I can hardly be proud of my record. I wish things could have turned out better, but I don't see they could, even if I knew then what I know now. I have been living with depression for over 25 years, and it still kicks my ass, even to this day.