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PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) Resources and Information

What Is PTSD?

    PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) 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. 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.

Avoidance symptoms are what keep the cycle of PTSD going.  Two ways people try to avoid the reminders of the trauma are try to push away the memories thoughts and feelings and two avoid situations people places and events that remind them .

   While avoiding trauma related thoughts/situations works in the short term to reduce the anxiety it actually reinforces your response and prevents you from getting better.

    Avoidance is the enemy of PTSD recovery.

"Everyone does the best job they are capable of doing at that time, in that situation."  -Dr. Patrick Little

"My time in uniform is over but my watch never ends."

PTSD IS TREATABLE!!!

Treatable by a medical professional

Medium-term: resolves within months

Requires a medical diagnosis

Lab tests or imaging not required

www.Veterantraining.va.gov

 Click PTSD Coach Online

www.lonesurvivorfoundation.org

Resources and retreats for military families

www.militarywithptsd.org

Resources for military and families

PTSD Decision Aid

Link to site to help you find and explore treatment options

https://www.ptsd.va.gov/apps/Decisionaid/

PTSD Websites

Here are some facts (based on the U.S. population):

  • About 7 or 8 out of every 100 people (or 7-8% of the population) will have PTSD at some point in their lives.

  • About 8 million adults have PTSD during a given year. This is only a small portion of those who have gone through a trauma.

  • About 10 of every 100 women (or 10%) develop PTSD sometime in their lives compared with about 4 of every 100 men (or 4%)

Nightmares/distressing dreams

Flashbacks

Intrusive Thoughts

Physiological/Psychological reactivity from triggers

Irritability

Trouble Falling/Staying Asleep

Concentration Difficulty

Exaggerated startle response

Hypervigilance

PTSD Symptoms

PTSD Screening Questionnaire

De-stressing Tips

1. Practice being quiet and still.

2. Relax and breathe deep.

3. Learn to plan

4. Recognize Limits

5. Learn to play

6. Exercise

7. Talk out your trouble

8. Change your thinking

9. Learn to tolerate and forgive

10. Avoid Unnecessary competition

11. Be a mostly positive person

12. Learn a drug free way to relax.

"When you change the way your look at things, the things you look at change." -Dr. Wright

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