Posted by Dr. James Bender, DHCC clinical psychologist on May 30, 2014
Soldiers with the Minnesota Army National Guard and their spouses participate in an Army Strong Bonds couples retreat in Minneapolis, Minn. The program is designed to assist military couples in maintaining their relationships. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Felix Fimbres)
Regardless of where your service member deploys or what their job is, returning from deployment can be stressful for you, your service member and your family. Many will experience some symptoms of post-traumatic stress. Your service member may be wary around crowds, hyper-alert, irritable or moody, have nightmares or sleep problems, or trouble concentrating. They may even be a little distant towards you or their kids.
These behaviors are normal and should gradually subside in a few months. But, sometimes they’re indications your loved one needs more than time to feel better. If you’re concerned about your spouse’s mental health and feel that professional care may be needed, here are some tips to help you decide what to do.