A Teen Can’t Stop Checking The News
The constant fear for a deployed parent’s safety is one difference between military kids and their civilian peers. You may be fearful that your parent will be injured, or not come home from a deployment. Just as Carlos does, you may scan military-specific social media channels or websites to try to get every bit of information to reassure you that your parent is OK. Your fear may heighten when you see news reports about casualties in the area your parent is deployed. The desire to know your parent is safe is common, but it can become obsessive and affect your day-to-day life. You may not go out with friends for fear of missing a call from your mom or dad, or you may develop physical symptoms like headaches, stomachaches, poor appetite, or restless sleep. Remember, your mom or dad are a part of a military that takes every precaution to protect service members. They train to keep themselves and their team members safe.
What Can You Do? Use the mobile app Virtual Hope Box to help you cope. It contains simple tools to help you with relaxation, distraction and positive thinking by using personalized audio, video, pictures, games, mindfulness exercises, activity planning, inspirational quotes and coping statements.