PTSD affects the whole family, and everyone is encouraged to raise awareness for our service members, their caregivers, and their dependents. The more we know, the better we can recognize it and make sure that proper care or treatment is provided.
To start, you can download Understanding PTSD and PTSD Treatment from the National Center for PTSD. It provides the basics of cause and symptoms and treatment. There’s also a handout of what to do if you think you have PTSD; from talking to someone you trust, to seeking help. If you prefer, there are self-help tools available to you where you can get coaching online, as well as, a PTSD Coach Mobile App downloadable on iTunes (iOS) and Google Play (Android).
AboutFace is a website full of stories and experiences with PTSD and its treatment – in video format. Listen from Veterans, family members, and clinicians talk about when they knew they needed help, or how it affected their loved ones, to how treatment helped them move forward with their lives.
The National Center for PTSD also has a playlist of videos.
Make the Connection has hundreds of unscripted video interviews, more than 600 Veterans and their family members tell their personal stories — including the issues they’ve faced, the support they’ve received, and the strides they’ve made in improving their own lives.
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