If your teenager is having problems coping with the deployment of a parent – or they’re simply having difficulties with a recent family move – Evolve Treatment Centers can help.

Treatment at Evolve Works

If issues related to deployment stress prevent your military teenager from reaching their full potential, it’s important to find them the help they need sooner rather than later. Left untreated, emotional and behavioral disorders often lead to disruptive, counterproductive, and sometimes dangerous patterns of behavior that can sabotage your teen’s future and upset your family balance.

A home already under the stress of another family move or a new overseas deployment might need additional support if a teenager begins to show signs of an emotional or behavioral disorder.

At Evolve, we specialize in the issues today’s teens face, and we’re particularly sensitive to the unique needs of military families.

We can help a military teen who’s struggling.

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A Positive Step Forward

The decision to seek treatment for mental health issues is not easy. We hope to help your teenager, but we hope to help you, too. We’ll give you tools to work through your feelings as your child works through theirs. We’ll help your whole family heal and grow. When you enroll your teenager in one of our mental health treatment programs, the Evolve team becomes your extended family. We’ll be with you through your entire treatment journey.

Evolve Treatment Offers Mental Health Support for Military Teens

Military families occupy an exceptional place in our culture. They’re part of our social fabric, yet they form a specialized community with distinct characteristics. They share a set of circumstances that both challenge and strengthen parents and children. Job reassignments mean frequent transitions, which means military children change schools and communities far more than the children of non-military families. By necessity, they learn to make new friends and adapt to new schools, often in new states and sometimes in new countries with unfamiliar languages and customs.

Military spouses and caregivers navigate similar changes. With each move, they strive to create a new community and establish a new normal for their children. In a 2013 article “How Wartime Military Service Affects Military Families” authors Patricia Lester and Lieutenant Colonel Eric Flake (USAF) describe the experience of military families this way:

“These transitions may be rewarding, with opportunities for growth and adventure. But they may also be disruptive, with changes in routines and support networks for children and adults alike.”

Overseas Deployments

For close to two decades, our country has been directly involved in two conflicts involving combat operations. That means our current population of military families faces the constant specter of an overseas deployment from which a loved one might not return. To say this adds to typical family stress would be a gross understatement. Military families do develop a core resiliency that sets them apart from civilian families, but at the same time, risky overseas deployments make their teenagers vulnerable to a unique set of psychological and emotional consequences.

If your teenager is having problems coping with the deployment of a parent – or they’re simply having difficulties with a recent family move – Evolve Treatment Centers can help.

The right care at the right time can make a world of difference.

Help Is Just a Phone Call Away

Military Adolescents at Risk

In an article published in The Journal of Adolescent Health, researchers found that adolescents with parents deployed in war time are at risk of developing several mental health challenges, including:

  • Low self-esteem
  • Low levels of well-being
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Suicidal ideation

Remember: during deployment, teens fear for the safety of their mom or dad as much as little kids do. They just have different ways of expressing their fear. Parents of military teens should watch for the following warning signs:

  1. Significant behavioral changes such aggression, isolation, irritability
  2. Decrease in academic performance
  3. Increase in disciplinary problems at school
  4. Increased or sustained negativity that reassurance and positive support does not help
  5. Behavioral changes that continue or become more extreme for up to three months after deployment

If these signs appear, and emotional conditions such as sadness, depressed mood, or anxiety accompany these signs and persist every day for more than two weeks, then we strongly encourage seeking professional help. All these symptoms are treatable and manageable, but treatment and management may be beyond the skill and expertise of the at-home parent.

That’s what Evolve is here for: we’re experts in teen mental health.

Evolve offers San Diego Outpatient & Residential Programs throughout Southern California