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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After returning home from an unpopular war, Jun becomes an outsider in an indifferent world. Alone, desperate, and suffering from wounds both mental and physical, she seeks relief in the illicit drugs she manages to purchase or steal. Jun’s tough exterior served her well in combat, but she’ll need to nurture her vulnerability and humanity to survive at home. With the support of her fellow vets, the kindness of a stranger who refuses to turn away, and the companionship of a dog named Red, Jun learns to navigate the psychological trauma that she experienced in the war. Singelin's PTSD is an adult fiction graphic novel that grapples with the reality of being a war veteran about a traumatized war vet who must fend for herself against all odds.

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.

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.

The PTSD Workbook

Simple, Effective Techniques for Overcoming Traumatic Stress Symptoms

In the third edition of The PTSD Workbook, psychologists and trauma experts Mary Beth Williams and Soili Poijula offer readers the most effective tools available for overcoming post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is an extremely debilitating condition that can occur after exposure to a terrifying event. But whether you’re a veteran of war, a victim of domestic violence or sexual violence, or have been involved in a natural disaster, crime, car accident, or accident in the workplace, your symptoms may be getting in the way of you living your life. PTSD can often cause you to relive your traumatic experience in the form of flashbacks, memories, nightmares, and frightening thoughts. This is especially true when you are exposed to events or objects that remind you of your trauma. Left untreated, PTSD can lead to emotional numbness, insomnia, addiction, anxiety, depression, and even suicide. So, how can you start to heal and get your life back? In The PTSD Workbook, Third Edition, psychologists and trauma experts Mary Beth Williams and Soili Poijula outline techniques and interventions used by PTSD experts from around the world to conquer distressing trauma-related symptoms. In this fully revised and updated workbook, you’ll learn how to move past the trauma you’ve experienced and manage symptoms such as insomnia, anxiety, and flashbacks. Based in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), this 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. Clinicians will also find important updates reflecting the new DSM-V definition of PTSD. This book is designed to give you the emotional resilience you need to get your life back together after a traumatic event.

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.

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 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.

Mindfulness Skills for Trauma and PTSD: Practices for Recovery and Resilience

How mindfulness can help trauma survivors move to places of healing. Trauma touches every life, but the way that we hold our pain makes a difference. Mindfulness Skills for Trauma and PTSD provides user-friendly descriptions of the many facets of traumatic stress alongside evidence-based strategies to manage trauma symptoms and build new strengths. This book is a valuable resource for trauma survivors, health professionals, researchers, mindfulness practitioners, and others seeking new pathways to recovery and resilience. It is normal to feel anxious or depressed after trauma, and to have upsetting thoughts and memories. Instead of fighting our feelings and blaming ourselves for what are actually common responses to trauma, mindfulness practices can help us tolerate and decrease distress, cultivate kindness towards ourselves and others, make wise choices, navigate attention, improve relationships, and relax—capacities that reduce trauma symptoms and advance our overall well-being. Practicing the small stuff can help us with the big stuff. As we learn to notice our breathing, walking, minor frustrations or daily activities with curiosity and care, we build inner resources to skillfully handle past trauma, as well as current and future challenges. Mindfulness practices can transform self-blame into self-respect and self-compassion. We can also match specific mindfulness skills to particular trauma symptoms. For example, “grounding” with the five senses can help us when we feel overwhelmed or spaced out, and loving-kindness meditation can alleviate self-criticism. With this book, you will explore scientifically supported mindfulness practices, plus “In their own words” sections that illustrate the skills with personal stories demonstrating how mindfulness practices have helped others recover from trauma. “Research highlight” sections showcase fascinating scientific studies that form the basis for the book's approaches. As we practice effective strategies to handle a full range of experiences, we can each find new sources of hope, connection, and peace.

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5®)

This new edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5®), used by clinicians and researchers to diagnose and classify mental disorders, is the product of more than 10 years of effort by hundreds of international experts in all aspects of mental health. Their dedication and hard work have yielded an authoritative volume that defines and classifies mental disorders in order to improve diagnoses, treatment, and research. The criteria are concise and explicit, intended to facilitate an objective assessment of symptom presentations in a variety of clinical settings -- inpatient, outpatient, partial hospital, consultation-liaison, clinical, private practice, and primary care. New features and enhancements make DSM-5® easier to use across all settings: The chapter organization reflects a lifespan approach, with disorders typically diagnosed in childhood (such as neurodevelopmental disorders) at the beginning of the manual, and those more typical of older adults (such as neurocognitive disorders) placed at the end. Also included are age-related factors specific to diagnosis. The latest findings in neuroimaging and genetics have been integrated into each disorder along with gender and cultural considerations. The revised organizational structure recognizes symptoms that span multiple diagnostic categories, providing new clinical insight in diagnosis. Specific criteria have been streamlined, consolidated, or clarified to be consistent with clinical practice (including the consolidation of autism disorder, Asperger's syndrome, and pervasive developmental disorder into autism spectrum disorder; the streamlined classification of bipolar and depressive disorders; the restructuring of substance use disorders for consistency and clarity; and the enhanced specificity for major and mild neurocognitive disorders). Dimensional assessments for research and validation of clinical results have been provided. Both ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM codes are included for each disorder, and the organizational structure is consistent with the new ICD-11 in development. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, is the most comprehensive, current, and critical resource for clinical practice available to today's mental health clinicians and researchers of all orientations. The information contained in the manual is also valuable to other physicians and health professionals, including psychologists, counselors, nurses, and occupational and rehabilitation therapists, as well as social workers and forensic and legal specialists.

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Related Diseases in Combat Veterans

This book takes a case-based approach to addressing the challenges psychiatrists and other clinicians face when working with American combat veterans after their return from a war zone. Written by experts, the book concentrates on a wide variety of concerns associated with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), including different treatments of PTSD. The text also looks at PTSD comorbidities, such as depression and traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other conditions masquerading as PTSD. Finally, the authors touch on other subjects concerning returning veterans, including pain, disability, facing the end of a career, sleep problems , suicidal thoughts, violence, , and mefloquine “toxidrome”. Each case study includes a case presentation, diagnosis and assessment, treatment and management, outcome and case resolution, and clinical pearls and pitfalls. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Related Diseases in Combat Veterans is a valuable resource for civilian and military mental health practitioners, and primary care physicians on how to treat patients returning from active war zones.

EFT for PTSD

Provides information on using EFT to treat post-traumatic stress disorder, including the basics of EFT, special advice for combat veterans, ways to improve EFT's effectiveness.

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.

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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)

Niagara Stress and Trauma Clinic

A private service offering individual, couple & family therapy, by Registered Psychotherapists and Registered Clinical Social Workers. Specializes in EMDR trauma therapy for stress and trauma-related difficulties. EMDR can eliminate PTSD (anxiety, panic attacks, sleep disturbances, flashbacks, intrusive thoughts, over-reactive anger, stress, complicated-grief). It can also help with substance abuse and eating disorders. EMDR has been validated by the American Psychiatric Association as being an evidence-based effective therapy. Also provides EMDRIA-Approved EMDR training programs, workshops & consultation to other clinicians.
Clinical Supervision is offered for the general practice of counselling and psychotherapy and for the practice of EMDR.

Niagara Counselling Services - Niagara Counselling Services, St Catharines - St Catharines

Private counselling agency, offering client-centered, solution-focused, and confidential services for:

* personal, child, marital and family issues
* anger management
* substance/drug abuse, gambling
* stress, PTSD, and pain management
* abuse - elder, abused women/abusive men
* troubled teens, young offenders
* depression, anxiety, panic disorder, self esteem
* learning disabilities, special needs,
* grief/bereavement
* eating disorders, health, nutrition
* academic, career, small business and employment counselling
* ADD/ADHD/ODD

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)

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.