Private Mental Health For Military

Servicemen & Their Families

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Discrete Counseling

We know that service members and their families continually face a unique set of ongoing challenges including frequent moves, deployment, re-integration, and service related injuries; both physical and psychological. Collectively, this adds stress to the military family life.

Frequent moves mean that spouses and children leave jobs, schools, neighborhoods, and friends. Family members tend to lose traction with each move. Spouses might have difficulty advancing in their careers, and school-aged children can fall behind.

When the military deploys a loved one, the stress is even greater. The service member might be facing war while feeling concerned about the family who is left behind to manage without them. Spouses must suddenly shoulder the household responsibilities alone. Because of these constant stressors, everyone in the military family is at risk for certain mental health symptoms.

Military service members’ most common problems are major depression, intermittent explosive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Spouses and children most often struggle with anxiety and depression.

1 in 4 children experiences depression and 1 in 5 have difficulty in school

Military members are five times more likely to experience depression

Common problems for military members and their families:

  • Intermittent Explosive Disorder - a sudden inability to resist aggressive impulses resulting in assault or property destruction without due provocation and followed by remorse and possibly embarrassment.
  • PTSD - causes recurring memories or nightmares, feeling emotionally numb or distant, panic, difficulty sleeping, difficulty concentrating.
  • Depression - results in loss of interest, feelings of hopelessness, changes in appetite and sleep patterns, difficulty concentrating, thoughts of suicide.
  • Anxiety - may lead to excessive worrying, pounding or racing heart, shortness of breath, dizziness, feeling hot or a cold chill, tingling or numbness in the hands, and chest or stomach pain.

Even the joyous occasion when the service member returns will present a new set of challenges. The person who returns seems different than the one who left, and the family they left feels foreign now. Everyone has changed; perhaps, dramatically. The adjustment period following deployment may be the most difficult for families.

The most resilient families are those that have outside support. Because of frequent moves, military families are often far from their natural support system of family and friends. Therapy is one option to provide that support and offer practical, real-life solutions. Therapy can help to restore balance and stability that the stress of military life sometimes wears down.

At Sunrise, we have therapists that have been treating military families for many years. Call us if you need private therapy with the utmost level of discretion. (757) 431-7321.


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Sunrise Behavioral Health Inc.

4654 Haygood Road, Suite B, Virginia Beach, VA 23455

Phone: (757) 431-7321



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