In the US, about 7% of men and 10% of women will develop PTSD at some point in their lifetime. While people in the military and other high-stress jobs such as paramedics, police, firefighters, and other first responders are at higher risk, these are not the only people at risk for trauma-related disorders. Anyone that goes through a traumatic event can develop symptoms. Even people who interact with trauma survivors can develop secondary trauma responses that can also cause issues. If you or a loved one is suffering from anything like this, it is important to seek out help and resources that can help you better understand and deal with the effects of any past trauma. To help you get started we have compiled a list of resources below.
- General information about the diagnosis of PTSD (signs symptoms, risk factors, and treatments) – https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd/index.shtml
- PDF version of the website above – https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd/index.shtml
- Here is a PDF of helping children/adolescents with disasters and other traumatic events. – https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/helping-children-and-adolescents-cope-with-disasters-and-other-traumatic-events/index.shtml
- Coping with traumatic stress reactions – https://www.ptsd.va.gov/gethelp/coping_stress_reactions.asp
- Negative coping and PTSD – https://www.ptsd.va.gov/gethelp/negative_coping.asp
- Mindfulness and treatment of trauma – https://www.ptsd.va.gov/gethelp/mindfulness_tx.asp
- Helping family member who has PTSD – https://www.ptsd.va.gov/family/how_family_member.asp
- Anonymous social support group – http://www.huddl.org/
- List of apps for self-help https://www.ptsd.va.gov/appvid/mobile/index.asp
We hope you find these resources helpful, and if you or someone you know is suffering from PTSD or PTSD-like symptoms, please don’t hesitate to seek out help. If you are looking for more resources or just want to talk to someone take a look at our hotline infographic here. You can also check out an article on the current state of diagnosis and treatment of PTSD by Bruce Shutan with contributions by our Chief Psychology Officer, Dr. Robert Mines, and CEO, Dr. Dani Kimlinger, on our publications page here.
As always, if MINES is your EAP you can call us 24 hours a day to get connected to counseling and other resources to help you or a household member in dealing with PTSD as well as a variety of other issues including stress, anxiety, depression, financial issues, and more. Feel free to call us at 1-800-873-7138 to see how we might be able to help.
To Your Wellbeing,
– The MINES Team