Self-Help and Coping
This section provides you with information on managing stress reactions and what to expect following a traumatic event. Most people experience some stress reactions such as nightmares, flashbacks, difficulty sleeping, and feeling detached. Learn more on how to cope.
What's Stopping You? Overcome Barriers to Care Describes barriers to getting care for PTSD, such as stigma. Suggests ways to overcome things that may prevent help seeking.
Coping with Traumatic Stress Reactions | Cómo Afrontar las Reacciones de Estrés Traumático Discusses active ways to cope with traumatic stress, with tips for coping with specific PTSD symptoms.
Course: Considering Professional Help Learn what to expect, hearing from others who have been there. Decide if you would benefit from professional help.
Dogs and PTSD Describes dogs as pets, service animals, and emotional support animals and discusses what is known about the role of dogs in PTSD recovery.
Lifestyle Changes Recommended for PTSD Patients Discusses changes in your way of life that can help with PTSD.
Mindfulness Practice in the Treatment of Traumatic Stress Discusses changes in your way of life that can help with PTSD.
Negative Coping and PTSD Ways of coping with PTSD that cause problems and should be avoided.
Peer Support Groups Describes peer support groups and gives suggestions on how to locate a group to help those diagnosed with PTSD or caring for someone with PTSD.
PTSD Coach: Mobile App With you when you need it, PTSD Coach is a free iPhone app that can help you learn about and manage symptoms that commonly occur after trauma. Also available for Android.
PTSD, Work, and Your Community
Explains why people who do not understand PTSD may treat you differently (stigma). Read about how you can use community services or a job to change the minds.
Self-Care After Disasters Discusses ways to cope when you have been through a disaster.
Traumatic Brain Injury and PTSD
Discusses TBI, its relationship to PTSD, ways to cope, and TBI in Veterans.
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