Thursday, April 23, 2009

PTSD Treatment & Healing Resources

The following list of organizations & informational sites is designed to give an overview of basic PTSD symptoms, causes, effects, treatments, healing options, and online support groups. Whether you're an adult or child, a civilian or vet, a post-partum mother or a friend/family member of someone strugging with PTSD, you'll find something on this page to advance healing. (For PTSD-related blogs, please see the blogroll at the bottom of the homepage.)

The list below is ever-growing and expanding. If you have favorite sites you'd like to see added here, please send them to me at parasitesof.themind @

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual IV - Definition of PTSD

PTSD Self-Test: Take This Quiz to Evaluate Your Symptoms

Trauma & Mental Health Organizations
Anxiety Disorders Association of America
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
National Alliance on Mental Illness
National Alliance of Cognitive Behavioral Therapists
Sidran Institute
The Trauma Center

PTSD Information Resources
Award Winning David Baldwin's Trauma Pages
Carrot of Hope
Gateway to PTSD Information
Loopholing: Simple PTSD information PTSD Symptoms, Treatment and Self-Help
PTSD Information Center
PTSD Resources
PTSD Treatment Information
Effects of Traumatic Experiences
Facts: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Coping Links
Organized Wisdom
Coping Techniques for PTSD
Coping with PTSD
PTSD & Chronic Pain Management
Stress Management Tips: Destress Yourself with Elizabeth Stanfill
Stress Relief Information
Anderson Anger Management

Healing Links
Healing Guided Visualization
The Soul Salon
Survivor Radio Cafe
Laura King: The Hypnotherapist Who Helped Cure My PTSD

Combat PTSD

Combat PTSD Facts & History
COmbat PTSD: An Overview
Combat PTSD: Winning the War Within (list of symptoms)
Healing Combat Trauma
Bob Woodruff's Combat TBI & PTSD org
eMail our Military
PTSD Anonymous for Vets
Dr. Ray Scurfield: Resource for Combat & Disaster PTSD
Vet Voice
When Our Troops Come Home

Resources for Family & Friends
Family Trauma Survivors
Family of a Vet
Facebook Support Group for Friends and Family

PTSD & Children
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
PTSD in Children & Adolescents
Children of Veterans and Adults with PTSD
Child Trauma Academy
PTSD in Children: National Center Fact Sheet
Children & Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Resources for Children
Trauma and PTSD in Children

PTSD Support Organizations
For Women With PTSD: Gift from Within
Top 10 PTSD Support Groups & Forums

Online Groups
Daily Strength
PTSD Online Forum

Post-Partum PTSD

PTSD After Childbirth

Books of Interest
(This list has been compiled by survivors who used the following books to support and further their own healing.)

Trauma & PTSD theory:

The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Sourcebook: A Guide to Healing, Recovery and Growth - Glenn Schiraldi
Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence from Domestic Abuse to Political Terror - Judith Herman
The Body Remembers: The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment - Babette Rothschild
Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma The Innate Capacity to Transform Overwhelming Experiences, Peter A. Levine
A Mind Frozen in Time: A PTSD Recovery Guide, Jeremy P. Crosby
Rebuilding Shattered Lives: The Responsible Treatment of PTSD and Dissociative Disorders, Dr. James Chu
No Open Wounds, Heal Traumatic Stress, Dr. Robert Bray
The Inner World of Trauma: Archetypal Defenses of the Personal Spirit, by D. Kalshed
Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal, by Bellaruth Naparstek and Robert Scaer

Healing PTSD workbooks:

The PTSD Workbook: Simple, Effective Techniques for Overcoming Traumatic Stress Symptoms - Mary Beth Willams and Soili Poijula
I Can't Get over it: A handbook for Trauma Survivors - Aphrodite Matsakis
The Way of the Journal: A Journal Therapy Workbook for Healing - Kathleen Adams

Personal Accounts of Trauma Recovery:

My Stroke of Insight - Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor
Crazy: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness - Pete Earley

For survivors of childhood sexual abuse:

The Courage to Heal - Ellen Bass and Laura Davis
The Courage to Heal Workbook - Laura Davis
Allies in Healing - Laura Davis
I never Told Anyone: Writings by Women Survivors of Childhood Abuse - Ellen Bass
The Sexual Healing Journey: A Guide for Survivors of Sexual Abuse - Wendy Maltz
Outgrowing the Pain: A Book for and About Adults Abused as Children - Eliana Gil

For survivors of childhood abuse:

The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self - Alice Miller (author shares personal experience)
Betrayal Trauma: The Logic of Forgetting Childhood Abuse - Jennifer Freyd (author shares personal experience)
Legacy of the Heart: The Spiritual Advantage of a Painful Childhood - Wayne Miller
Surviving and Transcending a Traumatic Childhood: The Dark Thread - Linda Skogrand, Nikki DeFrain, John DeFrain, Jean E. Jones


Many Lives, Many Masters, Dr. Brian Weiss
The Hero Within: Six Archetypes We Live By, Carol Pearson
The Alchemist (A Novel), by Paolo Coelho

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Elizabeth Stanfill said...

This is the greatest post! I love resource lists!

I would really like to post this at my if you do not mind. Let me know.

Aren't you up kinda late?

Thanks for the link, btw.


Michele Rosenthal said...

@Elizabeth - Glad you like the post! Thought it was easier to lay out everything with categories than in a long list on the sidebar. Of course, feel free to lift the post to your resources.

Up late? No such thing! :)

Rena Reese said...

This is an amazing list Michelle! It must have taken a very long time to compile all of this information and make it into such a user friendly list. I happily added this to the resources page on the Soul Salon International site. You are such a light!

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