PTSD: National Center for PTSD

We are the world’s leading research and educational center of excellence on PTSD and traumatic stress.
PTSD is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault. It’s normal to have upsetting memories, feel on edge, or have trouble sleeping after this type of event. If symptoms last more than a few months, it may be PTSD. The good news is that there are effective treatments.

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Ways to get help

  • Get Help in a Crisis
    The National Center for PTSD provides links and information to help you locate VA and other mental health services in your area.
  • Find a Therapist
    Describes types of professionals who provide therapy and medication for PTSD and trauma issues.
  • Self-Help and Coping
    Find out what to expect after a trauma and about self-help tools that can help you manage stress reactions.

Help for Veterans

  • Care for Women Veterans
    Describes VA services offered to women Veterans, including the Women Veterans Health Care Program.
  • PTSD Treatment Programs
    Information on specialized treatment for PTSD within VA Medical Centers.
  • VA Benefits and Claims
    Answers to some questions about PTSD and service-connected disability that are frequently asked by veterans. Provides information about resources for treatment.

Getting immediate help for PTSD:

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June is PTSD Awareness Month

 

PTSD is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault. It’s normal to have upsetting memories, feel on edge, or have trouble sleeping after this type of event. If symptoms last more than a few months, it may be PTSD. The good news is that there are effective treatments.

It’s normal to have upsetting memories, feel on edge, or have trouble sleeping after a traumatic event. At first, it may be hard to do normal daily activities, like go to work, go to school, or spend time with people you care about. But most people start to feel better after a few weeks or months.
If it’s been longer than a few months and you’re still having symptoms, you may have PTSD. For some people, PTSD symptoms may start later on, or they may come and go over time.

Anyone can develop PTSD at any age. A number of factors can increase the chance that someone will have PTSD, many of which are not under that person’s control. For example, having a very intense or long-lasting traumatic event or getting injured during the event can make it more likely that a person will develop PTSD. PTSD is also more common after certain types of trauma, like combat and sexual assault.
Personal factors, like previous traumatic exposure, age, and gender, can affect whether or not a person will develop PTSD. What happens after the traumatic event is also important. Stress can make PTSD more likely, while social support can make it less likely.

There are many different treatment options for PTSD. For many people, these treatments can get rid of symptoms altogether. Others find they have fewer symptoms or feel that their symptoms are less intense. Your symptoms don’t have to interfere with your everyday activities, work, and relationships.  Get help, now !

https://www.ptsd.va.gov/understand/what/ptsd_basics.asp

Some Women Also Experience PTSD-Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Dedicated to those women who were traumatized by something or someone. If you need help beginning your path to recovery, start with your family doctor. Please do not put it off. There are professionals who WILL help you.  God bless.

 

 

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The victim is never to blame. Or as my sister accused me of "asking for it."

 

 

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PTSD: Medications and Other Options

Medications and Psychotherapy Options for Veterans

When you have PTSD, it might feel like you’ll never get your life back. But it can be treated. Short and long-term psychotherapy and medications can work very well. There are many good options available to you. Although medications do not work as well as trauma-focused psychotherapies, they are a very effective way to treat PTSD.

PTSD medications

You’ve probably heard of some common PTSD medications already. The four medications that are recommended for PTSD are sertraline (Zoloft), paroxetine (Paxil), fluoxetine (Prozac) and venlafaxine (Effexor). They are also good for treating depression and anxiety.

Because medications can be prescribed by nurse practitioners, physicians, and many other providers, they may be easier to get access to than trauma-focused psychotherapy. After you fill your prescription, you will meet with your provider every few months to talk about how you’re doing.

You should know that once you begin taking a medication, it might be a few weeks before you start to feel better. Or, you might see improvement in PTSD symptoms, but be bothered by side effects like an upset stomach, sweating, headache, and dizziness. Some people have delayed orgasm or other sexual side effects. Don’t give up. Instead, tell your provider how you are feeling. A different medication might be a better fit for you. Even though the medications are similar, people will react differently to them. If you are on other medications, your provider should take that into account so that you avoid troublesome interactions.

Talk to your health care provider

Staying in touch with your provider is important. If you want to stop taking the medication, talk to your provider. According to Dr. Nancy Bernardy, Associate Director of Clinical Networking and clinical research psychologist at the Executive Division of the National Center for PTSD, “People should not stop taking antidepressants suddenly, because they can have some withdrawal symptoms.” She says that “PTSD symptoms may return if you stop taking the medication suddenly, so make a plan with your provider to slowly taper off.”

Other treatments

While medications can be a good treatment option, trauma-focused psychotherapies work better. Research shows they can keep working long after treatment is over.

To learn about the best PTSD treatments available, Dr. Bernardy recommends using the National Center for PTSD’s Treatment Decision Aid, which includes video and other materials to help you better understand your options.

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PTSD Treatment Options Can Work with Help from My HealtheVet

Veterans:  Here is a link to the VA’s My HealtheVet.  Register with the VA and get help !

https://www.myhealth.va.gov/mhv-portal-web/web/myhealthevet/about-mhv