Getting PTSD treatment can be an intimidating task. Whether you just got back from deployment or have been dealing with it longer than a decade, it’s never too late to get help. Taking action will help you handle your symptoms and keep them from getting worse. However, if you’re in the immediate aftermath of a trauma, this is actually the best time to get treatment. Psychoeducation, brief counseling, or prophylactic medication may be introduced to help prevent any symptoms from occurring.
You can try out various forms of therapy to help you with PTSD:
- Prolonged Exposure Therapy: The goal of this type of therapy is to help you process the trauma you went through. It’s in an effort to prevent anxious symptoms, panic attacks, and eliminate any avoidance behaviors so you can get back to living life.
- Cognitive Therapy: Helps you adjust your trauma related thoughts and beliefs. Helps with self worth, self esteem, and general outlook on the world.
- Cognitive Processing Therapy: This type of therapy attempts to adjust your thoughts around esteem, power, safety, trust, and intimacy. Identifies and helps you handle any “stuck points”
- Stress Inoculation Therapy: Decreases any panic attacks or anxious feelings when thinking of the trauma or experiencing a similar scenario.
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Insomnia: This is mostly to help you understand your options if your PTSD is interrupting your sleep
Other types of counseling:
Group therapy can be a huge win to connect with others that have been through similar traumas and are now trying to adjust back into civilian life. It is incredibly important to have support through this process and group therapy really helps with that. If you’re having troubles with your family life or spouse, family and couples therapy is another good route to get some guidance and action steps to make the adjustment easier and keep your loved ones close.
You can also consider various pharmacological options such as SSRIs. These are primarily Celexa, Prozac, Paxil, Luvox, and Zoloft. If your trauma is non combat related, these usually produce good results in symptom suppression.
Where to go:
Luckily, the VA provides PTSD support and health benefits. If you haven’t already, you can apply for healthcare here. If you already have a VA care provider, schedule an appointment with them to talk about your concerns. They will help you discover the best options and generate a plan of action.If you don’t have VA health benefits, you can get free private counseling through local vet centers. There is also a full booklet available to know all of your options and how you can best handle your PTSD treatments.