Returning Home from Deployment

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Coming home from a deployment is an exciting time for a soldier and his or her family. But settling back into a routine may be more difficult for some to cope with than others. Dr. Edward Hill discusses the phases returning servicemen and women may experience in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Returning from deployment is a time of expectation, excitement and change. However, many military families find that the reunion can be more stressful than the separation.

Many families go through an adjustment period that can last for weeks or even months. Knowing what to expect can make the transition easier.

These are the phases you might go through when you return home:

Pre-entry. You may be excited to come home and might spend a lot of time thinking about what things will be like.

Reunion. This is the honeymoon phase just after you come home.

Disruption. Problems may come up as you realize how much things changed while you were away.

Communication. It is important to talk to your family about how things have changed. You and your family may need to set up new routines.

Normalcy. You and your family accept changes and reestablish routines.

Log on to www.afterdeployment.org for more information and resources that deal with returning home after deployment.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.