New Online Course Helps People Who May Have Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

November 8, 2017 | nami.org

In recognition of Veterans Day, NAMI is launching a short course about posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD can happen to anyone, and it affects 3.5% (7.7 million) of the adult population in the United States.

The online course was created for service members and veterans, but is also helpful for anyone who has experienced a traumatic life event. This program provides a safe, confidential way for you to explore whether you’d like to talk to a professional. After answering a few questions about your experiences, you can learn about PTSD from veterans via video and receive resources about treatment options available to reduce your stress reactions.

“This course is not meant to give you a diagnosis, but to provide you with a safe way to explore your treatment options,” says a person from the program. “Use it as a way to think about your experiences, compare them to the experiences of others, and figure out if you’d like to learn more. This information will also give you an idea of the treatments available, in case you decide you’d like to talk with a professional as your next step.”

If you or someone you know is dealing with PTSD, you are not alone. Many supports, services and treatment options are available.

NAMI also offers support for military and veteran families. NAMI Homefront is a free, six-session class for the families of military service members/veterans experiencing mental health conditions like PTSD. The class is also offered online.

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