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Self-Help and Coping



This section is for Veterans, General Public, Family, & Friends

This section is for Veterans, General Public, Family, and Friends

Self-Help and Coping

Understanding PTSD

Self-help tools build coping skills.

Learn to manage troubling symptoms following trauma, such as:

  • sleep
  • trauma reminders
  • anger

Our video coaches will guide you.

PTSD Coach OnlineAlso see the PTSD
Coach Mobile App

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

Self-Help Options

  • 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.
  • VetChange
    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.

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