Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition that may occur after you have experienced a traumatic situation or event. This event may have caused you to feel intense fear, pain, or sorrow. You may think you are going to get hurt or die. You may also continue to feel helpless after the event. These feelings affect your daily activities and relationships.

AFTER YOU LEAVE:

Medicine:

  • Antianxiety medicine: This medicine may be given to decrease anxiety and help you feel calm and relaxed.

  • Antidepressants: These medicines decrease or stop the symptoms of depression.

  • Sedative: This medicine is given to help you stay calm and relaxed.

  • Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Self-care:

  • Attend therapy sessions as directed: It is normal to have doubts or feel discomfort with your therapy. Tell your caregivers if you are uncomfortable or have questions about your therapies.

  • Get emotional support: Spend time with family and friends and share your feelings with someone you trust. This extra support may help you feel better.

  • Get regular exercise: Exercise may help to decrease stress. Ask your primary healthcare provider about the best exercise plan for you.

For support and more information:

  • National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
    Phone: 1- 802 - 2966300
    Web Address: http://www.ncptsd.va.gov/
  • National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Public Information & Communication Branch
    6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 8184, MSC 9663
    Bethesda , MD 20892-9663
    Phone: 1- 301 - 443-4513
    Phone: 1- 866 - 615-6464
    Web Address: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/

Contact your primary healthcare provider if:

  • You cannot make it to your next appointment.

  • You cannot sleep or are sleeping too much.

  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • You think about hurting or killing yourself or someone else.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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