Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury

PTSD: Treatment Options
Information about prevention and treatment of PTSD, including various therapies and pharmacological approaches.

VA/DoD Clinical Guideline for the Management of PTSD
This evidence-based guideline assists health professionals with the management of PTSD. (pdf)

Real Warriors Campaign
Initiative to promote the processes of building resilience, facilitating recovery and supporting reintegration of returning service members, veterans and their families.

Dispelling Myths about PTSD
Five myths about PTSD and facts to disprove them - particularly geared toward service members, veterans, and their families.

Resources for Health Professionals
Information about joining the TRICARE network, understanding military culture, clinical practice guidelines and more.

Helping Families Understand Combat Stress
Article to help families understand the causes and symptoms of combat stress, as well as situations that can trigger a stress reaction, and how to help protect a service member from stressful circumstances.

 

Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD

National Center for PTSD: For Providers and Researchers
Training materials as well as information and tools to help with assessment and treatment, all based on the latest research.

PTSD 101
Resource designed for practitioners who provide services to service members and their families as they recover from PTSD. *CE credit for a free course is also available.*

Working with Trauma Survivors: What Workers Need to Know
Educates those who come into contact with someone who has survived a traumatic event about PTSD and how to interact with a trauma survivor.

Free Mobile Apps:
PTSD Coach - Provides those experiencing PTSD with reliable information, tools for screening and tracking symptoms, skills to help handle stress symptoms, and direct links to support and help.
PE Coach - Created for clinicians and patients working through the Prolonged Exposure treatment manual. The app is downloaded onto a patient's mobile device to be used as a treatment companion during PE therapy.

About Face
Features videos of Veterans sharing their stories, info about PTSD and treatment options. Helps clinicians achieve a better understanding regarding the ambivalence that characterizes most treatment-seeking behavior and helps them engage their Veteran clients with empathy, authenticity and humility.

Mental Health Reactions after Disaster
A fact sheet for mental health providers. (pdf)


Co-Occurring Problems
List of common problems that co-occur with PTSD and resources for each.

Psychological First Aid: Field Operations Guide
PFA is an evidence-informed modular approach for assisting people in the immediate aftermath of disaster and terrorism: to reduce initial distress, and to foster short and long-term adaptive functioning. Also includes a free mobile app.

Clinician's Trauma Update Online
Newsletter that includes brief updates on the latest clinically relevant research. Content on treatment and assessment is emphasized.

VA PTSD Consultation Program
Free PTSD consultation for anyone working with Veterans. Call 866-948-7880 or email ptsdconsult@va.gov.

 

National Institutes of Mental Health

NIMH: PTSD
A wealth of resources based upon NIMH's PTSD-focused research.

PTSD Research Fact Sheet
Highlights important areas that NIMH researchers have recently focused on: possible risk factors, treating PTSD, and next steps for research.

NIMH PTSD Booklet
Easy-to-read booklet on PTSD that explains what it is, when it starts, how long it lasts, and how to get help.


National Academies Press - Text of these books is available online for free

Treatment of PTSD: An Assessment of the Evidence
Systematic look at the efficacy of pharmacologic and psychological treatment modalities for PTSD that makes eight critical recommendations.

PTSD Compensation and Military Service
Thorough assessment of how the Department of Veterans Affairs evaluates veterans with possible PTSD and determines the level of disability support to which they are entitled.

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Diagnosis and Assessment
An elaboration of the Committee on Gulf War and Health's responses to the VA’s questions regarding PTSD diagnosis, assessment, treatment, and compensation.

 

afterdeployment.org

eBook: Post-Traumatic Stress
An introduction to PTSD, with sections focused on understanding trauma memories, tools for managing stress reactions, and getting additional support.

Continuing Education: PTSD 101 Series
Series of courses from the VA dealing with special populations, specific trauma, treatment, background and assessment.

eBook: Military Sexual Trauma
Provides facts about sexual assault and harrassment in the military, the impact of sexual trauma in the military, reporting and legal issues, providing emotional support, and preventing assault and revictimization.

 

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Pharmacologic Guidelines for Treating Individuals with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Co-Occurring Opioid Use Disorders
Guidelines for medication-assisted treatment for individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and co-occurring opioid use disorders. Covers screening, concomitant treatment, pharmacotherapy, and multiple substances of abuse.

 

PTSD Alliance

Hope for Recovery: Understanding PTSD (pdf)
Brochure with basic information about PTSD, its causes, symptoms, diagnoses, treatment options, and how to reach out to someone diagnosed.

PTSD: A Guide for the Frontline (pdf)
a primer for “frontline” professionals who interact every day with trauma survivors and people suffering from PTSD. It addresses a spectrum of issues related to causes, recognition and treatment of PTSD.