Getting Help for PTSD
PTSD Alliance Members
Helpful Resources to Find Treatment in Your Area
- ACOG offers a 24 Hour Hotline for women in abusive situations.
- ADAA links to a PTSD mobile coaching app (from the US Department of Veteran Affairs).
- ADAA provides a directory of local mental health professionals.
- ADAA lets you search for PTSD support groups in your area, or walks you through the steps to start your own support group.
- ISTSS provides a Clinician Directory that allows you to search for a mental health professional based on your location, doctor specialty, special interests, demographic, and language.
- Sidran Institute offers a Help Desk to find personalized, compassionate support.
If you are unsure of where you can go to get help for PTSD, look for mental health or medical professionals in your area, such as:
- Your family doctor
- Your OB/GYN
- Social workers
- Mental health counselors
- Community mental health clinics
- Support groups
- Private clinics
- Psychiatric services at local universities, schools, or hospitals
If you are a veteran, contact the Veterans Crisis Line at 1.800.273.8255 for assistance locating a mental health facility near you.
Encouraging a Loved One to Get Help
If someone in your family suffers from PTSD, you can be a first step for them in their journey to a healthy life. Sometimes people with PTSD are hesitant to seek help for a variety of reasons. Perhaps they feel shame or anger, feel like they will lose control or be embarrassed, or feel as if no one understands what they are going through.
You can help your loved one feel safe enough to get professional help. During the course of their treatment, you will be a vital link to their full recovery. Some first steps you can take in getting help for PTSD for your loved one are:
- Avoid any language that might make them feel like you think they are crazy.
- Talk about the benefits of therapy if they are feeling hesitant about seeking help.
- Don’t suggest they need help when you are in the middle of a heated conversation or argument.
- Wait for a calm moment when you can both think clearly about the situation.
- Accept their irritations with therapy, and let them verbalize any frustrations they might have.
- Above all, take care of yourself.
It is stressful to live with someone with PTSD, and getting help for PTSD can be challenging. You need to set boundaries, have a good support system, and talk with others about how you feel through the process. Proactive self-care is a vital part of being able to support your loved one in getting help for posttraumatic stress disorder.
Loving someone with PTSD is difficult! We have more helpful tips and encouragement for family and friends of PTSD sufferers.