The Impact of Deployment on Service Members and their Families. Presented by: Jim Messina, Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist Lead Trainer: Florida ARC- Coping with Deployment PFA for Military Families Lead Disaster Mental Health Services Tampa Bay Chapter of American Red Cross
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The Impact of Deployment on Service Members and their Families
Jim Messina, Ph.D.
Lead Trainer: Florida ARC-
Coping with Deployment PFA for Military Families
Lead Disaster Mental Health Services
Tampa Bay Chapter of American Red Cross
Psychologist with: St. Joseph’s Hospital, Vericare, Argosy University
Presentation Available on: www.jamesjmessina.com
Preparedness – Practical preparation
Busier than usual
Loss of sleep, appetite
Engrossed in war news
Less angry, but lonelier
At higher risk for problems than the national norm.
Parenting stress during deployment is more than the national norm.
Boys and younger children may experience more symptoms than girls.
Internalizing symptoms may be more common than externalizing symptoms
Top 3 barriers to mental health treatment
1. Treatment not confidential; could constrain future job assignments and military career advancement
2. Medications may have unpleasant side effects
3. Even good mental health care is not effective
Costs of PTSD, depression and TBI–Other psychiatric diagnoses
Spending more time with friends
Briefing by Doug Lehman, May 2008