I’m all in favor of utilizing whatever community resources are available in the fight to cope with PTSD. Too often, we either can’t afford, or we aren’t willing to tap into resources that might be helpful. One of my favorite sites is: www.ptsd.va.gov/public/treatment/cope/index.asp. The attraction is that it is a self-help site where you can work on your problems at your own pace. There are modules on anger management, anxiety, hypervigilance, and many other topics related to PTSD that will help you assess where you are and where you want to be. The nice thing is that so many of these sites are anonymous and free! You can’t get much better than that for a treatment option!
There are other options too, such as the National Institute of Mental Health: www.nimh.nih.gov/. And, don’t be afraid to check out local counseling centers or talk with your doctor about antidepressant medications and other medications used to treat the disorder.
There are a lot of resources out there to help if you’re struggling with PTSD. Don’t be afraid to try them. It’s important to find the resource that will help you move forward. If one doesn’t work for you, don’t give up. Try another, and another, if it’s necessary. Coping with your PTSD means taking control of your life again. Don’t let PTSD manage you!