If you spend any time talking candidly with a Veteran or active duty Service member who has deployed during recent military campaigns, you will shortly determine that they are generally hypervigilant and risk averse. As a clinical psychologist working with Service members and Veterans who have deployed in support of OIF, OEF, etc., I continue to realize anecdotal interventions to help address and decrease the negative impact and/or influence of disruptive post-deployment adjustment issues resulting from deployment experiences (to include trauma experiences). This blog entry will address “risk aversion” (i.e., the post-deployed service member’s or veteran’s tendency to avoid things that, from their perspective, might put their safety or security at risk such as being in crowds, not having control of a situation, going places without plan, etc…). This “protective” avoidance is extended to the Service member or Veteran’s family and/or loved ones and consequently, has a significant impact on their lives as well.
Blog posts with the tag "Deployment"
For military families, while there has been much attention paid to how military service can impact the Service member’s sleep, aspects of military service such as deployments, TDYs, PCSs, long hours, and stress on a Service member can also impact his or her children’s sleep. That is, on top of normal pediatric sleep issues, children in military families can face additional challenges to sleeping well.
So, I decided to increase my knowledge in this area by going straight to the source and interviewing a subject matter expert on pediatric behavioral sleep medicine, Dr. Brandy Roane, Ph.D., CBSM.
There are many books on and about war, but in "Redeployment" Phil Klay has managed to write not just about the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, but to depict the depth and complexities of the human experience impacted by war, both in the combat zone and on the homefront. Engaging, intense, and humorous, this creative collection of short stories is sure to become a classic.
It was the summer of 2007 and I was in the homestretch of planning a wedding to my best friend, an active duty psychologist for the U.S. Navy stationed at Bethesda National Naval Medical Center (now Walter Reed Military Medical Center). We had chosen November 10th for our wedding date. I loved the idea of a fall wedding and my husband, also a former Marine, assured me that he would never forget our anniversary if we got married on the Marine Corps birthday.
I recently watched a very powerful video by famed author and filmmaker Sebastian Junger, entitled “Why veterans miss war”. As part of the TED Talk series, he discusses his experiences in Afghanistan and what he learned about the soldiers he spent time alongside.