Growing Up As Military Children
There are numerous challenges that children can be expected to face as they grow up. Some of them are the natural results of social contact, and may include dealing with bullies or people that upset them, learning to experience new situations as they grow and altogether going through each progression up until adulthood. Not every experience will be the same, and not every child will have the same opportunity to grow in the same way. However, despite what every child’s background is, there is always an opportunity to help strengthen their lives and engage in a level of care that can help them deal with the struggles that they may face.
So what about children who grow up in a military family? One would assume that it would be a relatively safe and stable environment to grow up in, considering the nature of the work that their parent or parents are engaged in; there is minimal risk of losing their job and the military offers great benefits for families, such as housing and more. But if you drill down deeper, we will see that there is actually a greater risk of mental health and behavioral health issues in children that grow up in these types of environments; why is that?
The Army’s director of psychological health has stated that one in every five Army kids will need some sort of mental health treatment within the first 16 years of their lives. As parents get deployed, regardless of what branch of the service they are enlisted in, children tend to develop and experience increased anxiety as a result. Other symptoms can be depression, an increase in anger and frustration, and other types of behavioral health problems that can stem from the entire situation. Not every military family will experience a parent being deployed, but most will possibly experience upheavals in their personal lives, such as being required to move every 2 years, depending on their parent’s roles.
Children truly do have the ability to overcome these types of experiences, but not on their own, and certainly not without a strong support network. Peak Behavioral Health Services recognizes that the military family is strong, but also requires resources to help during difficult times. Military families in general are close-knit groups, but at the same time, having access to mental or behavioral health experts who understand the daily issues and challenges that they can face.
Peak Behavioral Health Services also employs a Military Advisory Board, along with several retired members of the US Army to help evolve and focus on the specific issues that children and families can face. Some of the symptoms that we are able to treat include:
- Military sexual trauma
- Childhood trauma
- Combat related trauma
- Sexual trauma
- Non-combat related trauma
- Prescription medication abuse
As well as:
- Depression symptoms
- Increased anxiety
- Anger issues
- A wide range of behavioral health problems.
The military child of today has to face the United States engaged in consistently active theaters of war. We are still involved in Afghanistan after all these years, and still have a presence in Iraq and other points of contact throughout the globe. With military deployments growing, and with many military members facing back-to-back deployments, the struggle can be magnified for military children.
The good news is that there is action you can take, even before being deployed, and Peak Behavioral Health Services has a wide range of focus that can help improve the structure of your family, and therefore your child’s mental well-being.
For more information, and for a completely free and private assessment, please contact Peak Behavioral at 888-599-9808 to speak with one of our mental health specialists. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to serve you and your military family for any trial that you may face.