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Veterans: 6 PTSD Resources You Should Know About

By Jerry Shaw   |   Wednesday, 24 May 2017 04:47 PM

Veterans have a variety of resources to turn to when they have concerns about post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. Symptoms of the disorder don’t necessarily indicate PTSD and some reactions to stress and trauma are normal conditions.

Mental and physical distress, difficulty sleeping, and disturbing thoughts, feelings, or dreams are among the signs.

The best way to find out if you suffer from PTSD is through a medical professional, who can then advise treatment options. Doctors and online resources may identify the problem and help with the necessary treatment available.

Here are six PTSD resources veterans should know about:

1. VA medical centers and Vet Centers — Treatment programs are available to veterans through mental health services offered by VA medical centers. Vet Centers, located in the community along with outpatient clinics, provide readjustment counseling services that include PTSD. Services are open to vets and their families at no charge. The VA’s National Center for PTSD has information about these and other programs.

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​2. Counseling — Vets can find therapists, counselors, or mental health care providers that treat PTSD on their own. A family doctor may recommend someone. The VA offers information on finding a provider using the internet. Check with your health insurer to see if it includes mental health services for PTSD if you decide to take the private care route.

​3. Project Odyssey — The multi-day, adventure event is sponsored by the Wounded Warrior Project. Through activities such as hiking, rope courses, and rock climbing, veterans with PTSD or combat stress learn readjustment into civilian life by improving confidence, increasing skills, and overcoming fears.

​4. Psychological health — The Defense Centers of Excellence, under the military health system, offers programs and resources to treat psychological health and traumatic brain injuries for veterans and their families, Military OneSource explains. The DCoE has an outreach center that provides help for vets online or over the phone with information on its website.

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​5. Real Warriors CampaignThe program launched by the DCoE helps vets and their families with care and support for PTSD and other psychological issues. Along with valuable information on getting help through the VA, the campaign’s site also offers tips on reducing stress, managing pain, and managing stress when returning home.

​6. Make the Connection — The unique website allows vets to read and hear about the experiences of other vets dealing with PTSD and transitioning back into society. Through articles and videos, the site explains symptoms of PTSD and overcoming the challenges.

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