PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) is a mental health problem that can develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event. It can happen from a car accident, a natural disaster, sexual assault, or for our military heroes, it can develop after being deployed in combat situations.
PTSD can be debilitating for those who suffer with it. It can break up families, lead to substance abuse, and in some cases end in suicide. But our heroes don’t have to suffer in silence. There are effective treatments and many resources out there for those who suffer.
Here are some great articles and resources to know about.
A great general overview of PTSD that also sheds light on the many treatment options available for those struggling with it.
Working as a skilled tradesman can be a wonderful career, but may present challenges to someone with PTSD, especially if they were a combat veteran. This guide offers wonderful insight on how to overcome these obstacles.
Sadly, many children are affected by PTSD. This resource will help concerned parents find help for their children.
Many people with PTSD find that along with therapy, meditation and yoga can help ease symptoms. This article shows how easy it is to create a calming space for practicing at home.
Dogs can be a great source of support for those with PTSD. This article is a great resource for those looking to bring home a PTSD service dog.
For veterans with PTSD, it sometimes helps to get a fresh start. This guide is an excellent resource for those who are ready to readjust and move on after service.
A great rundown of the treatment options available at the VA.
A great overview of symptoms and self-help tips.
If you or someone you love are suffering from PTSD, help is a phone call away.
ADAA links to a PTSD mobile coaching app (from the US Department of Veteran Affairs), provides a directory of local mental health professionals, and has a searchable directory of PTSD support groups in your area.
PTSD Program Locator will help you find specialized VA PTSD treatment programs near you.
Veteran Combat Call Center is a 24/7 hotline where you can talk with another combat veteran: 1-877-WAR-VETS (1-800-927-8387).