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PTSD is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault. It’s normal to have upsetting memories, feel on edge, or have trouble sleeping after this type of event. If symptoms last more than a few months, it may be PTSD. The good news is that there are effective treatments.
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Ways to get help
- Get Help in a Crisis
The National Center for PTSD provides links and information to help you locate VA and other mental health services in your area.
- Find a Therapist
Describes types of professionals who provide therapy and medication for PTSD and trauma issues.
- Self-Help and Coping
Find out what to expect after a trauma and about self-help tools that can help you manage stress reactions.
Help for Veterans
- Care for Women Veterans
Describes VA services offered to women Veterans, including the Women Veterans Health Care Program.
- PTSD Treatment Programs
Information on specialized treatment for PTSD within VA Medical Centers.
- VA Benefits and Claims
Answers to some questions about PTSD and service-connected disability that are frequently asked by veterans. Provides information about resources for treatment.
Getting immediate help for PTSD:
If you need help right away:
- Call 1-800-273-8255
Press “1” if you are a Veteran.
- Chat online with a counselor
- Call 911 or visit a local emergency room