PTSD Help: PTSD Support Groups Can Help PTSD Recovery
In addition to PTSD medications and therapy, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) help can come in the form of community resources and PTSD support groups. Family members of those with PTSD may also benefit from these PTSD recovery resources.
Many people feel alone with their PTSD (What is PTSD?), or other type of anxiety disorder, and part of PTSD recovery often includes understanding that many people are suffering in the same ways as you. Millions of people are living with post-traumatic stress disorder and many of them help each other every day. Feeling connected with a group of people who truly understand what it is to suffer from PTSD can be a powerful form of PTSD help (Living With PTSD Can Be A Nightmare).
Veterans have additional post-traumatic stress disorder help available through Veteran's Affairs (the VA) and other veteran groups(PTSD: A Big Problem for Military Soldiers in War Zones). Veteran PTSD support groups can be particularly useful for those suffering from military-service-related PTSD, as veterans may feel like those who have not served do not truly understand what they are feeling. The National Center for PTSD, created by the VA, is another option for military personnel and civilians needing PTSD help.
In-Person PTSD Help
In-person PTSD help can be received from anyone in the life of a person suffering from PTSD. You may find it through:
- Friends and family (How to Help Someone with PTSD)
- Faith leaders and groups
- Community organizations
- Outpatient programs
- Veteran's Affairs medical centers – all offer PTSD treatment
- Veteran organizations (in the case of those having served in the military)
Formal PTSD recovery groups are also available. Some of these groups are dedicated to PTSD recovery and others focus on anxiety disorders in general. Find post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) support groups and help through:
- Anxiety Disorder Association of America (ADAA) offers self-help information online as well as information on PTSD support groups
- ADAA also offers information on finding a therapist for anxiety disorders
- National Center for PTSD provides further information on finding a PTSD recovery therapist
- Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA) offers a program locator which allows searching for PTSD recovery treatment programs by state
- The VA National Center for PTSD also offers several help options for those who have served in the military
PTSD Support Groups Online
In-person PTSD help may not be available everywhere and some people may not feel comfortable seeking in-person help; this is where online help comes in. PTSD recovery information and post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD) support groups are plentiful online.
You can find online post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) help and support through:
- HealthyPlace PTSD forums
- Anxiety Disorder Association of America offers online forums as well as self-help information: http://www.adaa.org/finding-help/self-help-publications
- PTSD Forums provide online PTSD peer support groups
- Daily Strength provides online PTSD peer support groups
- Mental Health of America provides online PTSD information for the general public and for veterans specifically
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) provides support and programs
- National Center for PTSD provides online PTSD information for the general public as well as veterans specifically
Last Updated: 30 August 2016
Reviewed by Harry Croft, MD