PTSD: National Center for PTSD
Self-Help and Coping
Self-Help and Coping
This section provides you with information on what to expect following a traumatic event and how to manage stress reactions. Most people experience some stress reactions following a trauma, such as nightmares, flashbacks, difficulty sleeping, and feeling detached. The fact sheets below can help you learn how to cope.
Coping after Trauma
- 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.
- Negative Coping and PTSD
Ways of coping with PTSD that cause problems and should be avoided.
- Self-Care After Disasters
Discusses ways to cope when you have been through a disaster.
- 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.
A free, confidential online program to help you take control of your drinking and learn to manage PTSD symptoms without using alcohol.
- Mindfulness Practice in the Treatment of Traumatic Stress
Discusses changes in your way of life that can help with PTSD.
- Mindfulness Coach
Grounding yourself in the present moment can help you cope better with unpleasant thoughts and emotions. The Mindfulness Coach app will help you do this.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 their minds.
Thinking about Professional Help
- Course: Considering Professional Help
Learn what to expect, hearing from others who have been there. Decide if you would benefit from professional help.
- 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.