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.
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
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.