When Loved Ones Get Deployed

When Loved Ones Get Deployed

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You've studied wars in class and learned how they've changed history. But learning about wars in class can be very different from hearing about conflicts and violence that break out in the world during our own time.

If someone you care about is in the military and is deployed for duty, it's natural to worry about their safety. That's especially true if the person is going to a place where there might be fighting.

Worries and Responsibilities

It's normal to worry. But if worry starts getting too intense, it can interfere with life. People who worry a lot might have trouble sleeping or eat more or less than before. It might be hard to stay focused on things like schoolwork.

Worrying about others can cause people to act in ways they normally wouldn't — like being short-tempered, forgetful, or distracted. Too much worrying also can cause physical problems, like headaches, stomachaches, or tightness in the chest.

If you have a parent or sibling in the military, it's also natural to think about how things will be different for you and your family while your loved one is away. If your parent is deployed, you may be asked to help out more at home.

When there's a lot to do, keeping up in school might be challenging. If you feel overwhelmed, ask family members for help. Let adults and siblings know that you need to find ways to balance your new tasks with studying. It can also help to tell your teachers and school counselor what's going on. They might be able to offer advice on how to handle everything and help you prioritize.

Ideas for Coping

Here are some tips to help you deal with your feelings:

It's natural to worry — at least some of the time — until your friend or relative is back home. Until then, keeping busy and taking care of your health can help make the wait seem faster.

Reviewed by: D'Arcy Lyness, PhD
Date reviewed: July 2015

Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.

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