Posted by Dr. Robert Ciulla on March 30, 2010
You’ve been ‘there and back’ a couple of times. Or someone you know has. You’ve learned first-hand that getting back into a routine isn’t easy. Work doesn’t challenge you the way the mission did. At home, everybody seems a little more grown up and doing chores that used to be your responsibility. You haven’t gotten a good night’s sleep in days. You feel ‘on edge’ a lot, and your best friend tells you that you need to ‘lighten up.’ You’re drinking more, and spending endless hours in front of the television. You avoid the mall because the crowds bother you. The last time you were there you almost got into a fight. Your kids have given up asking you to go to their ballgames.
You realize you need to talk to someone, but you feel that talking with a counselor is a sign of weakness, and you don’t want the visit to become part of your permanent record. The Website afterdeployment was built just for you; we encourage you to check it out.