Yourwellness Magazine Investigates Mental Health Damage to Military Children

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With a new report finding that children of active-duty service members experience mental and emotional stress, Yourwellness Magazine took a closer look at how the families of soldiers can suffer.

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According to a new report, which was published online May 27th and in the June print issue of the journal Paediatrics, studies have shown that one in four children of active-duty service members has symptoms of depression, one in three children experiences excessive worry, and half of children have trouble sleeping. The report noted that the situation can get worse when children’s parents are on extended deployments. (http://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/pages/New-AAP-Report-Recognizes-Mental-Health-Care-US-Military-Children-Families.aspx)

In an American Academy of Paediatrics news release, report co-author Dr. Beth Ellen Davis commented, "In the past 10 years, more than two million children in the U.S. have experienced the emotional and stressful event of being separated from a loved one deployed for active duty. Most children cope and adapt quite well, but all children experience a heightened sense of fear and worry during a parent's deployment. It's important for paediatricians caring for these families to be aware of their family's situation so they can guide them appropriately." (http://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/pages/New-AAP-Report-Recognizes-Mental-Health-Care-US-Military-Children-Families.aspx)

With this in mind, Yourwellness Magazine took a closer look at how a military career can cost the families of soldiers. According to Yourwellness Magazine, “recent research indicates that military careers can actually do great harm to the families of soldiers, most especially in terms of child development. The RAND Corporation study examined the wellbeing of 1,500 children from military families and found that one third experienced symptoms of anxiety.”

Yourwellness Magazine explained that, due to the prospect of repeat deployment, the American-led invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan have led to a simmering and constant level of stress among the military community. Yourwellness Magazine noted the US army’s own figures, which show a suicide rate among personnel of over 100 per year throughout the last twelve years of war. The article added it is imperative that the mental wellness of soldiers and their families becomes a major concern of every health organisation, in order to reduce the number of war victims in this age of conflict.

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