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NIMH

Offers basic information about PTSD, links to breaking news stories about the disorder and its treatment, downloadable publications and resource materials, and a link to a list of clinical trials of new PTSD treatments.

The Invisible Epidemic: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Memory and the Brain

by J. Douglas Bremmer, M.D.
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is something of an invisible epidemic. The events underlying it are often mysterious and always unpleasant. It is certainly far more widespread than most people realize. For example, a prime cause of PTSD is childhood sexual abuse. About 16% of American women (about 40 million) are sexually abused (including rape, attempted rape, or other form of molestation) before they reach their 18th birthday. Continue reading…

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder – Suggestions for Survival

This is written by a police officer who had to quit his job because of PTSD to avoid further exposure to trauma. He lists eight suggestions for surviving PTSD. One of those suggestions is to quit unhealthy coping and unhealthy behaviour which only exacerbate PTSD symptoms. Well thought out suggestions and extra information about PTSD you won’t fine elsewhere. Read…

6 Steps for Using Journaling to Cope with PTSD

Using journaling to cope with and express your thoughts and feelings (also called expressive writing) can be a good way of coping with the impact of a traumatic event. Expressive writing has been found to improve physical and psychological health. In regard to PTSD in particular, expressive writing has been found to have a number of benefits… Continue reading…

Partners With PTSD

by Frank Ochberg, M.D.
When I ask my patients, “Does your husband or wife or closest friend really understand?” I seldom hear a confident, “Yes they do!” And when a spouse or loved one does understand, I feel relieved. The prognosis for improvement goes up considerably. I have an ally. Read…

Home Management Strategies for PTSD

This article is about how to give support to children who have experienced trauma to reduce the possibility of them developing PTSD. Support is critical for anyone who has experienced trauma, but more so for children who often have difficulty articulating how they feel and may seemingly show no ill-effect. However, for children who receive no support at this critical time, PTSD can completely derail their lives twenty, thirty, or forty years later. Read…

How Service and Therapy Dogs are Helping PTSD Victims

In recent years, man’s favorite four-legged accomplice—the dog, of course—has been shown to provide life-altering advantages to those who struggle with PTSD symptoms. Read…

New Research Might Help People Suffering from PTSD

ScienceDaily
The discovery of a mechanism in the brain explains for the first time why people make particularly strong, long-lasting memories of stressful events in their lives, and could help sufferers of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Continue reading…

Addiction and Suicide Amongst Veterans: Finding Hope In The Darkness

PTSD is one of the primary reasons veterans may turn to drugs or alcohol – as a coping mechanism to deal with the traumatic memories, feelings of depression, and anxiety resulting from PTSD – particularly if the disorder is inadequately treated or, in the worst-case scenario, undiagnosed or untreated at all. Read…

NCPTSD

Created primarily for war veterans, but has useful information for the general public as well. A booklet on Understanding PTSD is available as a PDF. There are also numerous Fact Sheets available, such as:

About Face (from the NCPTSD)

Learn about PTSD from Veterans who live with it every day. Hear their stories. Find out how treatment turned their lives around. Even if you are not a Veteran, these stories offer hope that PTSD symptoms can be managed rather than you becoming overwhelmed by them to the point of suicide.

The Consequences of Social and Family Dysfunction: A Perspective from New Zealand

by Natalie Fraser
In 1994, Anne told me that she was admitted to a mental hospital as a school girl. She was often medicated with a major psychotropic drug, Mellaril, and was also administered Electroconvulsive Therapy. This affected her memory and her education. She became a chronic psychiatric casualty who is still chemically dependent today. Her sister was placed in a Welfare institution and was subjected to harsh treatment from big girls of a different sexual orientation. Anne was raped in the mental hospital while her sister was bashed in the Welfare institution. Continue reading…


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