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TABLE 2

Common Reactions to Deployment45 

FeelingsBehaviors
Preschool  
 Confusion Clinging, demands for attention 
 Anger Problems separating from the remaining parent 
 Guilt Irritability and aggression 
Regression (thumb sucking, bedwetting) 
Sleep disturbances 
Feeding issues (more picky) 
Easy frustration and more difficult to comfort 
School-age  
 Same feelings as preschool plus: New behavior problems or in intensification of already existing problems 
 Increased sadness (lack of family normalcy and loss of deployed parent) Regression 
 Worry about deployed parent Rapid mood swings 
 Fear that remaining parent might leave or die Changes in eating and sleeping 
 Anger at parent for missing important events Anger at both parents for disrupting normalcy 
 Changes in behavior at school and with friends (anger, aggression) 
 Need to be and do “normal” things (eg, parties) 
 Somatic complaints 
Adolescent  
 Anger Misdirected or acting-out behavior toward others or themselves 
 Sadness School problems 
 Depression Apathy, loss of interest, noncommunication, and denial of feelings 
 Anxiety Increased importance of friends to the detriment of reasonable family life 
 Fear Trying to take charge of the family 
FeelingsBehaviors
Preschool  
 Confusion Clinging, demands for attention 
 Anger Problems separating from the remaining parent 
 Guilt Irritability and aggression 
Regression (thumb sucking, bedwetting) 
Sleep disturbances 
Feeding issues (more picky) 
Easy frustration and more difficult to comfort 
School-age  
 Same feelings as preschool plus: New behavior problems or in intensification of already existing problems 
 Increased sadness (lack of family normalcy and loss of deployed parent) Regression 
 Worry about deployed parent Rapid mood swings 
 Fear that remaining parent might leave or die Changes in eating and sleeping 
 Anger at parent for missing important events Anger at both parents for disrupting normalcy 
 Changes in behavior at school and with friends (anger, aggression) 
 Need to be and do “normal” things (eg, parties) 
 Somatic complaints 
Adolescent  
 Anger Misdirected or acting-out behavior toward others or themselves 
 Sadness School problems 
 Depression Apathy, loss of interest, noncommunication, and denial of feelings 
 Anxiety Increased importance of friends to the detriment of reasonable family life 
 Fear Trying to take charge of the family 
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