PTSD and Co-occurring Problems
PTSD commonly occurs with other mental health problems and this can complicate treatment. Frequently a PTSD diagnosis will co-occur with depression and/or substance abuse problems, including alcohol and smoking.
Other problems that are often co-morbid with PTSD include sleep problems, TBI and other physical health conditions, suicidal intent, grief, and anger. Co-occurring conditions are often associated with poorer health outcomes than individual disorders, such as reduced quality of life and increased use of healthcare. Read more about Co-occurring Problems.
Treating Co-morbidities and Complications
The PTSD 101 Online curriculum includes 8 courses on what you need to know about and how to address specific co-morbidities.
Providers working with Veterans:
If you are treating someone with military service, visit the Community Provider Toolkit. Find mini clinics on suicide prevention, PTSD, women Veterans, and substance abuse.
You can also learn how to refer patients to VA services.
First Steps Following Trauma: Psychological First Aid (PFA)
Following disasters and other traumatic events, the first stage of response often involves the principles of Psychological First Aid. Also available: the PFA mobile app, training in PFA, and versions translated into other languages for schools.
Stay up-to-date on PTSD research developments, including information on co-occurring conditions. Subscribe to the National Center for PTSD's regular publications:
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