After a Trauma: Take Time to Heal, PTSD Monthly Update - December 2019

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PTSD Monthly Update - News Relevant to the Issues of Trauma and PTSD

December 2019

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After a Trauma: Take Time to Heal

When you go through a trauma, it’s understandable that you might either feel numb or have strong feelings, including fear, guilt, confusion, or anger. It’s also common to be hard on yourself if you’re not getting better. Healing from trauma is a process that doesn’t happen overnight, or even—for many---in a few days or weeks.

Reach Out

It’s easy to avoid people and become isolated, but when you make an effort to connect with others, especially those who have been through similar experiences or who help you to continue on a positive path, the weight of the trauma might start to feel lighter.

Practice Relaxation Methods

You can sometimes feel anxious after a trauma, and calming activities can help. What activities put your body and mind at ease, even for just a little while? Is it swimming, reading, meditating? Do you enjoy creating art or playing music? Spending time with a pet? All these relaxation methods are worth a try.

What to Watch Out For

Don’t get caught up in negative ways of coping. Using alcohol, for example, may help you to get to sleep and forget, but it also interferes with deeper sleep cycle. In the long run, that can interfere with your health and your ability to heal. In order to feel better, it’s important to find strategies that make you feel better and help you be healthy and strong.

When You Need Extra Help

If it’s been more than a couple of months since the trauma, and your symptoms are still interfering with your life, you may need extra help. There are plenty of treatment options  that can help. You can explore effective treatments online,  or talk with a medical provider about the ones that are best for you.

Each person is different, so allow yourself time to process the pain, and begin to find the best ways for you to manage your reactions.

More ways to manage reactions  >

For Providers


PTSD Consultation Program

Treating Veterans with PTSD? We can help.

Any healthcare provider treating Veterans can ask our expert clinicians a question.  Meet our consultants and get started.  

PTSD Monthly Lecture Series

January 15, 2020 at 2 ET:  Dissociation, Somatization, and Other Challenging Presentations of PTSD,  by Abigail Angkaw, PhD.

  • Mark your calendar for the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 2pm ET
  • Subscribe to monthly emails to find out how to join live lectures.
  • Registration is required to receive free continuing education credit for attending the live lecture.

Using PTSD Coach Online with Your Patients

PTSD Coach Online includes tools that can reduce stress and improve well-being. It was designed for individuals who are already receiving treatment for PTSD or to bolster skills learned after the completion of therapy.

Learn more about how to recommend and use PTSD Coach Online with your clients. Download the PTSD Coach Online Provider Guide (PDF).

Also see the PTSD Coach mobile app for your clients who use a smart phone or tablet (available in both iOS and Android)

Research at the Center

Renew: A Self-Guided Exposure App for PTSD Symptoms

Delivering PTSD interventions via mobile apps is an innovative way to increase the reach of cognitive behavioral therapies, but engagement with and completion of such programs is notoriously low.  This randomized clinical trial will test Renew, a newly developed mobile app, to estimate effectiveness and impact of support and PTSD severity, depression severity, coping self-efficacy, and perceived social support.

PTSD in the News

Veterans Serving Veterans: VA researchers who served

Spotlight on Dr. Mark Logue, Army Veteran and statistician at the National Center for PTSD and VA Boston Healthcare System, and his current research.  Read more.*

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The Staff of VA’s National Center for PTSD

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