While conducting research for my how-to/self-help book, The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Relationship: How to Support Your Partner and Keep Your Relationship Healthy, I turned to some of the sites below because I was familiar with them already. Sometimes, though, I became aware of a site because of the recommendation of others. Certainly, I anticipate that each site or organization listed below could prove useful to at least some of you reading this. Since the nature of the needs of visitors will vary, many of them probably will not meet your needs. I am not worried about that as much as I don't want to refer anyone to a site that people deem unworthy of inclusion on this list. If this happens, please contact me by email and share the nature of your concern..
That all said, please realize that while many of the organizations listed below provide free information and perhaps even free services, certainly not all of them do. Unfortunately, I am not in a position to guide you with regard to whether a certain fee is reasonable or not. As I would have said in the early days of my career when I was working as an Extension Agent and educating consumers, you must always proceed with caution. Be prepared to be your own advocate. However, if you truly believe you're not being treated well or fairly by any organization listed here, I want to know this.
Okay, let’s end this on a positive note, though, shall we? Let me wish you good luck in your search for further information and help. And certainly, may your partner with PTSD, you, and your relationship all improve as a result of the efforts you make. By the way, try and remain motivated even during the tough times because indeed, they'll not only be there, but it may seem they'll never leave, either. However, if you and your partner both remain committed to tackling those PTSD symptoms and improving your "PTSD Relationship," I suspect you'll see gradual positive changes that bring forth hope that there can be more positive changes yet. So again, let me wish you the best.
PTSD-Related and Other Sites which Could Prove Helpful to Partners of PTSD-Sufferers, the Actual PTSD-Sufferer, and/or Other Loved Ones
This is a twelve-step program for the adult who grew up with an alcoholic parent and, as a result, developed problematic thoughts or behaviors that he or she hopes to overcome. At this website, you'll learn more about the program as well as where to find a group you might attend..
Adult Survivors of Child Abuse(ASCA)is an international self-help support group program. It is designed specifically for adult survivors of neglect, physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse. This program offers community-based, provider-based, and web-based self-help support groups as well as the “Survivor to Thriver Workbook.”
This website introduces the twelve-step program, Al-Anon, which helps family and friends of people suffering from the disease of alcoholism. Through this site, you can also access Alateen, a similar program designed for any youth dealing with a parent, other family member, or friend who has a drinking problem or suffers from actual alcoholism. I personally found going to Al-Anon meetings very helpful, and especially with regard to what I consider my spiritual growth. I think it can be a great supplement to therapy. That said, if you can't afford therapy, then try and get yourself to Al-Anon if it is at all appropriate to your situation (present or past). Expect to be uncomfortable initially, but do yourself a favor and stick with it anyway. Finally, the day will likely arrive when you'll look back and be truly glad you did.
This is the official website of the twelve-step program that has helped so many who’ve developed problems with alcohol. You should be able to find a local AA meeting location at this site if your partner is suffering from substance use disorder (SUD) as well as PTSD. Of course, many warriors wounded by PTSD or other PTSD-sufferers with complex cases certainly are.
The AAAP provides a practitioner database which you should find helpful. You need to understand that the AAAP provides names of psychiatrists with expertise in the area of PTSD, but they do not endorse any of the practitioners listed. You or your partner must still decide if a professional is a good fit for your partner’s PTSD and perhaps co-occurring mental health issues (such as addiction).
The American Bar Association provides information for the general public as well as for families. If you click on the second link and scroll down, you’ll see a section that deals with domestic violence and developing a safety plan. If you have a partner with PTSD, it is wise to have a safety plan even if things seem relatively calm today. After all, they could always change suddenly. By the way, this site is available in English or Spanish.
American Psychiatric Association
This is a professional organization for psychiatrists, but they also have a special website for the general public. It is called “Healthy Minds.” That link (which you'll find further on because these links are in alphabetical order) is operational whereas this one is not since it does not pertain to the public.
This is a professional organization for psychologists. The sire provides information for the general public as well as for professionals. Furthermore, note the search feature to find a psychologist in your area. But again, do not see this as an endorsement, just as the listing of psychologists in your area who are members of this professional organization.
Here’s an organization that provides information, resources, and referrals online.
Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
http://www.abct.org/dPublic/?m=mPublic Learn more about these therapies as well as seek out a therapist who is part of this organization. Remember, though, not all therapists who practice cognitive-behavioral therapy will elect to join. The fact that a cognitive-behavioral therapist is not a member does not reflect upon the individual's competence as a therapist.
CMHS is the federal agency within the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that leads national efforts to improve prevention and mental health treatment services for American citizens. CMHS helps States improve and increase the quality and range of treatment, rehabilitation, and support services for those with mental health problems as well as for their families.
The Cooperative Extension System is a nationwide educational network. Each U.S. state has an office at its land-grant university plus there are regional or local offices within the states. These offices are staffed by one or more experts who provide useful, practical, and research-based information to consumers, agricultural producers, small business owners, and youth—including through the 4-H program. You can locate the office nearest you by going to this map.
This is a non-profit organization dedicated to those who suffer from PTSD. You will find helpful information there plus you can post as well as read others’ comments about the impact of PTSD on their lives.
This not-for-profit organization has partnered with the American Psychiatric Foundation, the National Association of Social Workers, and other organizations to identify mental health professionals that will donate at least an hour of their time each week to provide assistance to military members and their families facing PTSD or other mental health issues. When you access their website, click on their visitor link. You will then find yourself at a page where you can access the database of therapists.
HealthyMinds.org is the American Psychiatric Association’s online resource for members of the general pulbic seeking mental health information. You’ll discover information on many common mental health concerns including warning signs of mental disorders, treatment options, and preventative measures.
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
You can find resources for the public and links to other trauma-related organizations via this website.
Mental Health America
www.mentalhealthamerica.net/go/find_therapy This organization was formerly known as the National Mental Health Association. It is the country's oldest and largest nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness. It has affiliates nationwide striving to improve the mental health of all Americans, but it is especially focused upon the approximately 54 million individuals who suffer from some type of a mental disorder. They serve this target population through advocacy, education, research and the provision of services. At this website, you’ll find information about treatment for PTSD. However, their staff might also be able to help you locate a therapist with expertise in PTSD as well.
Discover numerous local organizations throughout the country providing mental health services via this website.
Mood and Anxiety Disorders Institute
http://www2.massgeneral.org/madiresourcecenter You can find resources on various mental health disorders including PTSD from a hospital’s department of psychiatry. The thing is, it has been rated number one in the country by physicians for over a decade.
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
www.nami.org National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) focuses on providing support to both persons with serious brain disorders as well as their families. The organization also has over one thousand state and local affiliates. Check and see if there is one near you at this website.
NASW is a professional organization for social workers. While not all social workers elect to belong to this organization, many who are in private clinical practice do so as a means of obtaining malpractice insurance at a reasonable cost as well as for other benefits. There is a search feature on the website whereby you may locate a clinical social worker near you—hopefully with expertise in PTSD.
NationalCenter for Children Exposed to Violence (NCCEV)
www.nccev.org The mission of NCCEV is to increase public and professional awareness of the effects of violence on children. The organization also works toward reducing the impact of violence.
NationalCenter for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (NCPTSD)
The NationalCenter for PTSD seeks to advance the clinical care and social welfare of U.S. veterans with PTSD through research, education and training on PTSD and stress-related disorders. Since the National Center for PTSD (they actually have multiple offices in the country, not just one) provides information for the public as well as for professionals, you should definitely visit this site.
The National Center for PTSD (NCPTSD) aims to advance the clinical care and
This organization provides direct services and resources to individuals, families and communities harmed by crime. They provide some referral assistance, too. You might want to call INFOLINK at 800-211-7996.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd/index.shtml NIMH is one of 27 components of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Federal government's principal biomedical and behavioral research agency. The NIMH seeks to impact mental illness and behavioral disorders through research on the mind, brain, and behavior. They offer free publications you can order online.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse is also a component of the National Institutes of Health. It is the primary supporter of research on health aspects of drug abuse and addiction. Their site provides information designed for various audiences (including children).
This organization represents state domestic violence coalitions as well as those in the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. In turn, the state coalitions connect local domestic violence services. Hence, this is a good place to learn about local organizations so you have this information in case you ever need to contact one in an emergency.
National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA)
You're undoubtedly aware that the person with PTSD might become suicidal. This organization provides a free 24-hour hotline and assistance at: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You might want to let all family members know about this number so that in case of an emergency, they could call the hotline for the PTSD sufferer (and then hand him or her the phone). Then again, you might want to call this number and talk to someone now if you're uncertain as to how to handle a potentially suicidal partner. Don’t wait until a crisis erupts!
This organization is devoted to education, advocacy, and research to benefit people who are suffering from traumatic stress or problems associated with it. They offer a library and computerized information database. They might be able to help with a referral to a therapist as well—but you must call them for that.
The information at this site is intended for the Army, but other military members or veterans might find some of it helpful nonetheless. Actually, you as the partner might as well. For example, consider reading about how a warrior should transition from “Battlemind” to what is required in the home environment. Also, click on the “Links” button since it will take you to links to other helpful sites for military members and veterans.
This is a good place to start when you want to find out what helpful information any branch of the military might have available. It lists all military websites. Some of those websites include resources not only for our men and women in uniform, but for family members as well.
If your partner is no longer active duty but eligible for healthcare and other benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), you will want to become familiar with this website. However, even if your partner is currently ineligible for such benefits because he or she was perhaps incorrectly diagnosed with an adjustment disorder or personality disorder instead of PTSD, click on the link to the rightfor ”Military Records.” After all, your loved one is going to need to get these changed as soon as possible. (This should no longer be the issue it was when i was first developing this website. Here, you’ll find VA information specific to various mental health issues as well as links to other resources you might find valuable.
Listen to Congress engage in hearings on topics such as PTSD that they broadcast over the internet. Discover what bills are currently being considered that might impact your partner and your family—then consider contacting your representative to encourage him or her to vote one way or another on that bill. Also, you’ll find other helpful links for veterans at this site.
Lawyers Serving Warriors is a project of the National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP). Attorneys volunteer their time to provide free legal representation in disability, discharge, and veterans benefits cases to service members and veterans who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) or Operation Enduring Freedom (ORF).
This is a listing with links to veterans service organizations (VSOs). However, because
an organization is included in the directory does not signify it is approved or endorsed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or the United States Government. While some VSOs are "chartered" or recognized and approved by the VA Secretary for purposes of preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims under laws administered by the VA, others in the list are not. So, while these VSOs might certainly prove helpful in other ways, if your partner is seeking representation as a VA claimant, seek help from with one of the chartered ones—or use an attorney instead.
Buy my Book, The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Relationship: How to support Your Partner and Keep your Relationships Healthy at Amazon. Some of the Topics Are:
What PTSD Is; Why Some People Develop PTSD and Others Do Not; PTSD Symptoms and How They Impact the Sufferer, You, and Your Relationship; Overview of PTSD Treatments Including Approaches such as Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Various Types of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Medication for PTSD such as the SSRIs; Dealing with Complex PTSD that also Involves Substance Abuse; Military Sexual Trauma and its Treatment; How to Find Stress Relief as the Partner; Effective Relationship and Family Communication Skills; Confronting Painful Realities such as PTSD, Addictions, and Abuse—including Verbal Abuse, Emotional Abuse, and Physical Abuse—as well as the Possibility of a Sexless Marriage after PTSD and What to Do about That; Effects of PTSD on the Children and How to Minimize the Potential Damage; The Risk of Suicide with PTSD Plus Suicide Prevention Techniques; and Much More.