Resources For PTSD

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Get Educated: Informational Literature

 

Learning as much as you can about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder can dramatically increase the chances of recovery. By reading about PTSD, you’ll know what to expect from symptoms and behaviors, how to recover, treatment plans, and much more useful information. Here are some books that would be beneficial to read:

I Can’t Get Over It: A Handbook for Trauma Survivors, Aphrodite Matsakis, Ph.D. –A comprehensive guide to recovering from PTSD that includes coping mechanisms and helpful tips that aid in the road to recovery.

Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma, Peter A. Levine and Ann Frederick –Information focusing on how to control reactions and responses to triggering situations as well as detailed steps on how to recover.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Complete Treatment Guide, Aphrodite Matsakis and Leslie Tilley – A handbook to treatment, coping, managing symptoms, and other helpful information that can aid in recovery.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Sourcebook, Glenn R. Schiraldi – Advice pertaining to basically every aspect of PTSD. This book is a staple to learning as much as you possibly can about the disorder. If you choose to read just one of the books on this list, this would be the book to invest your time on.

 

Online Resources

 

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Thankfully, we live in a day and age where access to information on anything is incredibly easy to obtain. In addition to this website, there are many websites that have very detailed, helpful information on how to recover. There are also many resources that have information for families and loved ones, as well as information specific to different kinds of trauma. Here are some helpful websites:

https://www.ptsd.va.gov/index.asp – This is the website of the National Center for PTSD, which is under the control of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. There is a lot of information regarding symptoms, behaviors, treatment, therapy, medication, and much more. This website is especially useful for veterans who have experienced combat and have since developed Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. There is also information for family members of patients suffering from PTSD.

http://www.ptsdalliance.org/ – Just as there is a website more specifically geared towards victims of combat PTSD, this is a site for those who have experienced any other kind of trauma. This includes rape, physical assault, sexual assault, domestic violence, injury or accident, natural disasters, or any other kind of traumatic event that could lead to PTSD. This website has a lot of information about how to recover.

http://www.traumasurvivorsnetwork.org/– Something that is incredibly helpful and useful to survivors of trauma is a sense of community. This is a website that is unique because, in addition to resources for recovery and treatment centers, it connects survivors together so that patients don’t feel alone. By sharing stories and experiences with others who can understand your struggles on a personal level, it makes it much easier to gradually heal. This website also has information and resources for family and loved ones of trauma survivors.

 

Resources for Crisis Situations

 

 

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Just like any other mental illness, PTSD can put patients in situations and mindsets that are harmful. Individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder are particularly susceptible to crisis because of the tendency for patients to become overwhelmed with flashbacks and unwanted memories of their traumatic event. Of course, this makes situations of crisis much more likely. Here are some resources for those who are experiencing some kind of PTSD-related crisis:

  • Veterans Crisis Line: Dial 1-800-273-8255 and press 1, or text 838255 for support 24/7.
  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline:1-800-273-8255
  • PTSD USA Hotline: 877-717-PTSD

However, if you are in a life threatening situation or mindset, calling 911 or visiting an emergency room may be the best course of action to ensure your safety.

 

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https://www.mental-health-today.com/ptsd/books/ptsdbooks.htm

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Typical Therapies For PTSD

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Overview

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder typically involves patients having to struggle and cope with flashbacks, nightmares, and unwanted memories from a traumatic experience. Thankfully, there are different kinds of therapies available that can help patients diagnosed with PTSD recover. Here are some of the usual symptoms that therapy aims to lessen or diminish entirely:

  • Depression
  • Guilt and blame
  • Unhealthy coping mechanisms such as drugs, alcohol, unprotected sex,    reckless behavior, and other damaging practices
  • Anxiety
  • Anger or irritability

Effective Treatment for PTSD

Effective Treatment for PTSD
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Dealing with PTSD is not easy. This can be a life-changing disorder and something which affects millions every year. You wouldn’t think PTSD would become such a problem but if you think about it, people are sensitive and can’t always wash away their memories. When you have been on the scene in a terrible accident and you are trying to help, those images can remain with you at every possible second in your life. Soldiers and first responders are often troubled with PTSD and it’s terrible. However, you are not alone in this because there are many like you and you shouldn’t be afraid to get help for PTSD either.

PTSD in First Responders

PTSD in First Responders
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Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is fast becoming a serious problem for millions of individuals around the world. Facing extreme circumstances can often trigger PTSD and it’s something which can affect a person on a major level. However, PTSD can be treated and there is lots of support available as well; this can truly be extremely important, to say the least. Why, however, do first responders get PTSD and what can be done to help treat this condition?

Extreme Incidents

Let’s be honest, first responders such as firefighters, police, and paramedics are the ones to be first on the scene of horrific accidents and incidents. It can be truly awful to have the scenes remain in your mind long after the accidents are over. How would you feel having to deal with the aftermath of a traumatic incident? What would you do after you went into a burning building and saw such horrific scenes? You can go home after your shift is ended but the images and thoughts can still remain with you and that is so difficult to get over. PTSD is a major problem and for first responders, it’s all because of how when they arrive on the scene, they’re the first and things can appear far worse than when the incident is over. It’s traumatic.