PTSD

Dealing with any amount of stress in your life can bring with it certain mental and physical challenges. Feeling stressed can have an effect on a person’s ability to perform everyday tasks and life activities, and have an impact on work, family life, and overall wellbeing. An overload of stress can present difficulties for some in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Those suffering with stress that is left unmanaged can, over time, experience significant health consequences, including mental health symptoms such as depression and anxiety. A serious form of stress, which can result in many debilitating physical and mental health effects, is PTSD – Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that's triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it, and can result in nightmares, flashbacks, and severe anxiety. Several forms of treatment are available, including medications and specific forms of therapy. Specific stress management techniques can also be very effective. Doctors, therapists, and wellness professionals specializing in PTSD can offer specific diagnosis and treatment plans. If you are looking for these resources within your own community, or you would like help finding a doctor or other medical clinic that can offer guidance and advice, you’ve come to the right place.

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Loving Someone with PTSD

A Practical Guide to Understanding and Connecting with Your Partner after Trauma

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can present with a number of symptoms, including anxiety, depression, flashbacks, and trouble sleeping. If your partner has PTSD, you may want to help, but find yourself at a loss. The simple truth is that PTSD can be extremely debilitating—not just for the person who has experienced trauma first-hand, but for their partners as well. And while there are many books written for those suffering from PTSD, there are few written for the people who love them. In Loving Someone with PTSD, renowned trauma expert and author of I Can’t Get Over It!, Aphrodite Matsakis, presents concrete skills and strategies for the partners of those with PTSD. With this informative and practical book, you will increase your understanding of the signs and symptoms of PTSD, improve your communication skills with your loved one, set realistic expectations, and work to create a healthy environment for the both of you. In addition, you will learn to manage your own grief, helplessness, and fear regarding your partner’s condition. PTSD is a manageable disability. While it isn’t your responsibility to rescue your partner or act as his or her therapist, this book will help you be supportive and implement strategies for lessening the negative impact of PTSD—not just for your partner, but for your relationship, and, importantly, for yourself.

Effective Treatments for PTSD

Practice Guidelines from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Developed under the auspices of the PTSD Treatment Guidelines Task Force of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, this tightly edited work is the definitive best-practice reference for practitioners caring for any trauma population. Leading clinical scientists thoroughly review the literature on widely used therapeutic approaches for both adults and children. Succinct treatment guidelines are presented that feature standardized ratings of the evidence for each approach. The book also offers insightful guidance to help clinicians select the most suitable therapy for particular patients and overcome frequently encountered obstacles.

The Evil Hours

A Biography of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

“An essential book” on PTSD, an all-too-common condition in both military veterans and civilians (The New York Times Book Review). Post-traumatic stress disorder afflicts as many as 30 percent of those who have experienced twenty-first-century combat—but it is not confined to soldiers. Countless ordinary Americans also suffer from PTSD, following incidences of abuse, crime, natural disasters, accidents, or other trauma—yet in many cases their symptoms are still shrouded in mystery, secrecy, and shame. This “compulsively readable” study takes an in-depth look at the subject (Los Angeles Times). Written by a war correspondent and former Marine with firsthand experience of this disorder, and drawing on interviews with individuals living with PTSD, it forays into the scientific, literary, and cultural history of the illness. Using a rich blend of reporting and memoir, The Evil Hours is a moving work that will speak not only to those with the condition and to their loved ones, but also to all of us struggling to make sense of an anxious and uncertain time.

Neurobiology of PTSD

From Brain to Mind

Neurobiology of PTSD outlines the basic neural mechanisms that mediate complex responses and adaptations to psychological trauma, describing how these biological processes are impaired in individuals with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Throughout three comprehensive sections, expert authors present detailed analysis of the neural circuitry of emotion, biological findings in post-traumatic stress disorder, and neuroscience informed treatment and prevention. This book is a foundational resource for psychiatrists, neuroscientists, psychologists, and allied health professionals.

The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Relationship

How to Support Your Partner and Keep Your Relationship Healthy

War, physical and sexual abuse, and natural disasters. All crises have one thing in common: Victims often suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and their loved ones suffer right along with them. In this book, couples will learn how to have a healthy relationship, in spite of a stressful and debilitating disorder. TheyÆll learn how to: Deal with emotions regarding their partnerÆs PTSD Talk about the traumatic event(s) Communicate about the effects of PTSD to their children Handle sexual relations when a PTSD partner has suffered a traumatic sexual event Help their partner cope with everyday life issues When someone has gone through a traumatic event in his or her life, he or she needs a partner more than ever. This is the complete guide to keeping the relationship strong and helping both partners recover in happy, healthy ways.

Clinical Manual for Management of PTSD

As traumatic events, disasters, and war pervade everyday life around the globe, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) inevitably affects many people. The Clinical Manual for Management of PTSD provides clinicians with the latest information on PTSD. In 16 well-organized, accessible chapters, world leaders in research on epidemiology, neurobiology, psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, and other somatic therapies outline the most up-to-date evidence-based approaches to assessment and management of patients with PTSD. This practical guide covers modalities for therapeutics and management ranging from pharmacotherapy to cognitive processing therapy to virtual reality exposure therapy. It can be used as a complete text for residents and students to gain a solid understanding of PTSD and current treatment modalities, or as a desktop reference for experienced clinicians in daily practice to consult for specific information. The Clinical Manual for Management of PTSD provides clinicians and students with a consolidated and thoughtful reference that can be used to complement and enhance their everyday practice. This book bridges the gap between the research community and the clinician by providing a comprehensive resource of clinically relevant information on PTSD.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine for PTSD

The number of individuals diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder has increased in the past decade, not only in the military and veteran population but within the civilian population as well. Traditional treatments such as pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy have provided less-than-ideal results proving to be less effective when used alone to treat the disorder. Complementary and Alternative Medicine for PTSD supplements these traditional treatments, using new and effective techniques to fill the therapeutic void. The alternative therapies covered include acceptance and commitment therapy, acupuncture, alternative pharmacology, canine assistive therapy, family focused interventions, internet and computer-based therapy, meditation techniques, mobile applications, recreational therapy, resilience training, transracial magnetic stimulation, virtual reality exposure therapy, and yoga. Each chapter delivers the most up-to-date understanding of neurobiology, best practices, and key points for clinicians and patients considering inclusion of these treatments in patient care. Drs. David Benedek and Gary Wynn offer insight into the future of complementary and alternative medicine, shining a light onto how these techniques fit into clinical practice to create the most beneficial treatments for the patient. This book is both an essential resource and practical guide to everyday clinical interactions. It is a necessary addition to the medical library for students and senior clinicians alike.

Mind-Body Workbook for PTSD

A 10-Week Program for Healing After Trauma

Many traumatic experiences naturally heal with time and become part of your past, like old scars. But when you have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumas flare up in your life again and again, causing stress and making it difficult to focus on the here and now. Months and even years may pass, but the memories don't fade and let you move on. A clinically proven therapeutic method called mind-body bridging can help you to finally heal and recover from these difficult experiences. Mind-Body Workbook for PTSD is a straightforward, self-guided mind-body bridging program that you can complete in ten weeks. You'll use your body to settle your mind, develop the skills you need to recover from PTSD, and start to feel connected, confident, and in charge of your life. Stop feeling detached and numb and start feeling alive again Notice the tension in your body and experience it melting away Reduce flashbacks, nightmares, insomnia, and restlessness Keep track of your progress as you move toward making a full recovery

Complex PTSD

From Surviving to Thriving: A Guide and Map for Recovering from Childhood Trauma

I have Complex PTSD [Cptsd] and wrote this book from the perspective of someone who has experienced a great reduction of symptoms over the years. I also wrote it from the viewpoint of someone who has discovered many silver linings in the long, windy, bumpy road of recovering from Cptsd. I felt encouraged to write this book because of thousands of e-mail responses to the articles on my website that repeatedly expressed gratitude for the helpfulness of my work. An often echoed comment sounded like this: At last someone gets it. I can see now that I am not bad, defective or crazy…or alone! The causes of Cptsd range from severe neglect to monstrous abuse. Many survivors grow up in houses that are not homes – in families that are as loveless as orphanages and sometimes as dangerous. If you felt unwanted, unliked, rejected, hated and/or despised for a lengthy portion of your childhood, trauma may be deeply engrained in your mind, soul and body. This book is a practical, user-friendly self-help guide to recovering from the lingering effects of childhood trauma, and to achieving a rich and fulfilling life. It is copiously illustrated with examples of my own and my clients' journeys of recovering. This book is also for those who do not have Cptsd but want to understand and help a loved one who does. This book also contains an overview of the tasks of recovering and a great many practical tools and techniques for recovering from childhood trauma. It extensively elaborates on all the recovery concepts explained on my website, and many more. However, unlike the articles on my website, it is oriented toward the layperson. As such, much of the psychological jargon and dense concentration of concepts in the website articles has been replaced with expanded and easier to follow explanations. Moreover, many principles that were only sketched out in the articles are explained in much greater detail. A great deal of new material is also explored. Key concepts of the book include managing emotional flashbacks, understanding the four different types of trauma survivors, differentiating the outer critic from the inner critic, healing the abandonment depression that come from emotional abandonment and self-abandonment, self-reparenting and reparenting by committee, and deconstructing the hierarchy of self-injuring responses that childhood trauma forces survivors to adopt. The book also functions as a map to help you understand the somewhat linear progression of recovery, to help you identify what you have already accomplished, and to help you figure out what is best to work on and prioritize now. This in turn also serves to help you identify the signs of your recovery and to develop reasonable expectations about the rate of your recovery. I hope this map will guide you to heal in a way that helps you to become an unflinching source of kindness and self-compassion for yourself, and that out of that journey you will find at least one other human being who will reciprocally love you well enough in that way.

The PTSD Workbook

Simple, Effective Techniques for Overcoming Traumatic Stress Symptoms

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an extremely debilitating anxiety condition that can occur after exposure to a terrifying event or ordeal. Although many know that this mental health issue affects veterans of war, many may not know that it also affects victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, natural disasters, crime, car accidents and accidents in the workplace. No matter the cause of their illness, people with PTSD will often relive their traumatic experience in the form of flashbacks, memories, nightmares, and frightening thoughts. This is especially true when they are exposed to events or objects that remind them of their trauma. Left untreated, PTSD can lead to emotional numbness, insomnia, addiction, anxiety, depression, and even suicide. In The PTSD Workbook, Second Edition, psychologists and trauma experts Mary Beth Williams and Soili Poijula outline techniques and interventions used by PTSD experts from around the world to offer trauma survivors the most effective tools available to conquer their most distressing trauma-related symptoms, whether they are a veteran, a rape survivor, or a crime victim. Based in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), the book is extremely accessible and easy-to-use, offering evidence-based therapy at a low cost. This new edition features chapters focusing on veterans with PTSD, the link between cortisol and adrenaline and its role in PTSD and overall mental health, and the mind-body component of PTSD. This book is designed to arm PTSD survivors with the emotional resilience they need to get their lives back together after a traumatic event.

Your Life After Trauma: Powerful Practices to Reclaim Your Identity

Restoring your sense of self after trauma. “In 1981 as a thirteen-year-old child I was given a routine antibiotic for a routine infection and suffered anything but a routine reaction. An undiscovered allergy to the medication turned me into a full-body burn victim almost overnight. By the time I was released from the hospital I had lost 100% of my epidermis. Even more importantly, I had completely lost myself.” Now a professional coach who specializes in helping trauma victims rebuild their lives, Michele Rosenthal struggled with the effects of medically-induced post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for over 25 years before reaching a full recovery. Today, she is 100% free of symptoms of PTSD. In this book, she applies her personal experience and professional wisdom to offer readers an invaluable roadmap to overcoming their own trauma, in particular the loss of sense of self that often accompanies it. If you suffer from the effects of trauma or PTSD, whether it was caused by a single-incident like a car accident, or from chronic childhood abuse, domestic violence, illness, or war trauma, you are well aware of how disconnected you feel from the person you most deeply wish to be. Trauma interrupts—even hijacks—your identity. To cope, you may rely on mechanisms to keep your emotions, triggers, and responses in check, but these very habits can often prevent the true restoration of safety, stability, and inner connection. How can you rediscover your sense of self so that you honor who you were before the trauma (even if that trauma began at birth), understand who you are at this very moment, and determine who you want to be going forward? Like a therapist in your back pocket, Your Life After Trauma guides you in finding answers to these tough questions. Expertly written by a helping professional who keenly understands the post-trauma identity crisis that is so common among trauma and PTSD sufferers, it is a simple, practical, hands-on recovery workbook. Filled with self-assessment questionnaires, exercises, tips, and tools—not to mention insightful personal and professional vignettes—it takes readers through a step-by-step process of healing the identity crisis, from understanding some of the basic brain science behind trauma and why you feel the way you do, to recognizing who you were (or had the potential to be) before the trauma, who you are today, after the trauma, and who you want to become. With this book by your side, it is possible to regain a sense of calm, confidence, and control on your road to recovery.

The What and How of PTSD

Understanding and Moving Beyond

"What is happening to me? Nothing feels the same. Why me? I used to be in control of my emotions and my life. I want it back." Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can happen to anyone, including the strongest and the bravest. It makes you feel like you are losing control of your mind. Trauma is daunting. PTSD is daunting. Understanding PTSD is not daunting, or at least it doesn't have to be. In flipping through the pages of this book, you will find that it is not intimidating. ”The What and How of PTSD" strives to answer questions that arise when one faces this mysterious disorder, summarizing scientific research and clinically helpful theories using clear language, metaphors and pictures. It breaks down what happens in the brain after trauma. Those who battle PTSD can see how their minds got stuck in the past like a record that keeps skipping, and at the same time, how they can break the cycle and move on.

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Recovery Centre (The)

Private centre focused on the treatment of various forms of trauma, PTSD and Operational Stress Injuries. A variety of treatment modalities are personalized to meet the each individual's need and goals. Treatment modalities include CBT, Critical Incident Interventions, Hypnotherapy, EMDR, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Somatic Experience Treatment and other affect regulation strategies. Payment options explored with clients.

Recovery Centre (The)

Private centre focused on the treatment of various forms of trauma, PTSD and Operational Stress Injuries. A variety of treatment modalities are personalized to meet the each individual's need and goals. Treatment modalities include CBT, Critical Incident Interventions, Hypnotherapy, EMDR, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Somatic Experience Treatment and other affect regulation strategies. Payment options explored with clients.

Recovery Centre (The)

Private centre focused on the treatment of various forms of trauma, PTSD and Operational Stress Injuries. A variety of treatment modalities are personalized to meet the each individual's need and goals. Treatment modalities include CBT, Critical Incident Interventions, Hypnotherapy, EMDR, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Somatic Experience Treatment and other affect regulation strategies. Payment options explored with clients.

Recovery Centre (The)

Private centre focused on the treatment of various forms of trauma, PTSD and Operational Stress Injuries. A variety of treatment modalities are personalized to meet the each individual's need and goals. Treatment modalities include CBT, Critical Incident Interventions, Hypnotherapy, EMDR, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Somatic Experience Treatment and other affect regulation strategies. Payment options explored with clients.

The Brantford Integrative Health Centre

Therapies offered:
* acupuncture
* botanical medicine
* clinical nutrition
* counselling - psychotherapy, counselling (individual, couples, family)
* EAP/FEAP - Employee Assistance Program for counselling anxiety, depression, stress, relationship, divorce/separation, PTSD, OCD
* homeopathic medicine
* natural supplementation
* pain management
* physical medicine
* massage therapy
* osteopathy

Homewood Health Centre - Addiction Medicine Service

In-patient care to individuals struggling with alcohol and drug addiction. Based on the goals of abstinence and behavioural change, services incorporate mental health, occupational groups and life-stage issues (uniformed professionals, healthcare professionals, young adults, older adults.)

Also offers treatment for co-occurring illnesses, such as addiction / PTSD and addiction / mood and anxiety disorders.

Service is provided in three phases: Assessment, Detoxification and Stabilization; Recovery; and Aftercare and Relapse Prevention (36-week aftercare program)

Front Line Medical Canada

In care facility or in home medical care, pediatric to palliative care * personal care, companionship, meal preparation, medication reminder, housekeeping, dementia care, falls prevention * specialization in Mental Health PTSD, RN and PSW care

Mike Powell Counselling Services

Counselling and mediation available for individuals * couples * families and groups * Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) counselling * addiction assessment and treatment * trauma counselling * grief and loss counselling * anxiety counselling * depression counselling * conflict resolution

Wounded Warriors Canada

Programs to honour and support Canada’s ill and injured Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans, First Responders and their families

Group Therapy: Individuals & Couples
* Trauma Resiliency Program * COPE (Couples Overcoming PTSD Everyday)

Animal Assisted Therapy for PTSD
* PTSD Service Dog Program * Couples Based PTSD Equine Therapy

Resiliency Training & Respite Care
* BOS (Before Operational Stress) Program * Tribute to Your Service Events

Research & Education
* Post Secondary Scholarship * Doctoral Scholarship

Skills Transition
* Prince's Operation * VTECS Program (Veteran Trainers to Eradicate the use of Child Soldiers)

Trauma Healing Centers

Team of professionals and veterans focused on healing patients suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), trauma, chronic pain and disabling illness through a multi-disciplinary approach

* help navigating Veterans Affairs system
* physician services
* counselling services
* massage therapy
* diet consulting
* alternative treatments
* telemedicine services

Wallaceburg Veterans, First Responders and Families Support Group

A group of Veterans, First Responders and Families who have come together as we battle the effects of PTSD suffered from our service* As well we mark unmarked Veterans' Graves, and for needy Veterans in the area * help them with some food and assist them in applying for Veterans Affairs Canada * help them to get much needed help for treatment and money * We also do charitable acts such as driving for the Salvation Army Christmas hampers, man their Kettles and some members help with St Vincent's Christmas Hampers. We also help needy people with disabilities in our area when we can.

Goldstein, Moncion, Greenbaum and Associates

Psychotherapy practice * assessments for addictions, attention-deficit disorder (ADD), emotional or personality disorders * general psychological examinations * treatment for various mental health issues and addictions * family and marital therapy * children counselling * youth counselling * geriatric counselling * Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) counselling * sexual abuse treatment * vocational counselling * Art & Play Therapy for children