Recovering from Post-Traumatic Stress? These Resources Can Help

Recovering from Post-Traumatic Stress? These Resources Can Help

Posted by T2 Public Affairs on June 7, 2017

Intense emotional responses are natural for most people who experience trauma. Though the symptoms of post-traumatic stress (PTS) are challenging, and can take a toll on your relationships, home life and work, there is hope. And there are steps you can take to help yourself. Effective treatments for PTS are out there and they really work.

The National Center for Telehealth & Technology (T2) has resources on their AfterDeployment website that can help you on your road to recovery — or keep you on the right path if you’ve already started. June is PTSD Awareness Month and a good time to check out the variety of information in the AfterDeployment section on post-traumatic stress:

  • Video Stories. Watch real-life scenarios that explain post-traumatic stress, including its sources, effects and potential solutions. Get firsthand advice from real service members, veterans and family members who describe how they learned to cope.
     
  • PTS Assessment. Spend just five minutes taking a questionnaire — it won’t provide a diagnosis, but it will help you evaluate whether you’re experiencing symptoms of post-traumatic stress. Note: The assessment is completely anonymous; AfterDeployment does not gather any personal information.
     
  • PTS Resources. See how you can identify sounds, smells and sights that can trigger reactions, and learn how to alter your response to those situations. You’ll also find tips for joining a support group, getting better sleep and much more.
     
  • PTS Library. Learn about post-traumatic stress in more detail, so you can understand the causes and signs. Discover steps you can take to manage symptoms and get information on how and when to get help from a health care professional.

Additional help for managing post-traumatic stress is always within reach — whether you use professional health providers who understand military culture or free, trusted mobile apps developed by T2. Here are just a few of the resources available to you:

  • Defense Centers of Excellence (DCoE) for Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury Outreach Center: Whether you are a service member, a family member or a clinician (or someone who supports them), the DCoE Outreach Center is there for you. Call 866-966-1020, chat online at realwarriers.net/livechat or email resources@dcoeoutreach.org for free 24/7 access to information and resources.
     
  • PTSD Coach App: Designed to be used along with professional medical treatment, PTSD Coach can help you learn about and manage your post-traumatic stress symptoms and cope with stress. This popular app has been downloaded over 100,000 times in 74 countries.

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