If you are having thoughts about harming yourself, others, or of suicide, first consider calling 1-800-273-8255 in America. If you are not in America, the link below has a list of countries’ hotlines http://www.suicide.org/international-suicide-hotlines.html
What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?
Bulletproof treatments for PTSD
These treatments are in order of which I recommend to people most.
Some of these websites aren’t super great. If you’re not finding inspiration from these sites, don’t dismiss these treatments! I would suggest googling one of these four treatments. Trust me, you will find gobs of great info and amazing rabbit holes to fall into. But don’t overwhelm yourself. Focus. Just get treatment. Find a clinician. Interview more than one. I like to interview at least three.
1. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
click on find a clinician http://www.emdr.com/SEARCH/index.php
at top of page
Type your state, country, or city into the above link to find a list of EMDR certified clinicians in your area. You do not need to fill out every category, such as first or last name. OR google “EMDR counselors” in your area.
2. Somatic Experiencing
Google “Somatic Experiencing counselors” in your area to find a certified clinician.
OR go to the website
and click, “find a practitioner”
Website is more geared for students or professionals who wish to learn how to practice Somatic Experiencing with their clients. For people who want to treat their PTSD symptoms, googling “somatic experiencing” will yield a slew of amazing resources: interviews with the developer, Peter Levine; free PDFs; FAQs; and techniques.
3. Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT)
This PTSD treatment is revolutionary and exciting, but is geared towards children and adolescents who have still developing brains.
Live in Arizona, USA? Sign up for their free monthly educational conference calls! They feature Bruce D. Perry, MD, PhD, the developer of NMT. He is the author of the bestselling, The Boy who was Raised as a Dog: And other Stories from a Child Psychiatrist’s Notebook. They are open to the public, but unfortunately, at this time, these are only offered to Arizona residents. Maybe you have a friend living in Arizona who will loan you their address? Past workshops are video archived at the above link. Registration is free and will give you access to the video archives which are super inspiring, hopeful, and important resources.
http://www.azcouncil.com/neurosequential-model-for-caregiving/ link for free workshops. These are great for caregivers of children/adolescents who have PTSD.
4. Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART)
find a therapist here:
This treatment is fairly new, when compared to EMDR. I don’t know much about it, other than it works similarly to EMDR and is very effective. It doesn’t have the evidence, peer-reviewed basis that EMDR does, but if it works for you, great!
I am not a licensed counselor. This video is my opinion based on my experience as someone who was diagnosed with PTSD, who had symptoms for the majority of my life, and who now lives symptom free.