Resources for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can result from exposure to traumatic events and affect your ability to cope with life events. This page includes links to important information and videos that can help you identify symptoms and available treatment options.

Sleep and PTSD
The National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) explores the relationship between sleep problems, nightmares, and PTSD. Find out how to switch up daily routines and other habits, so you can sleep better at night.

PTSD treatment decision aid: The choice is yours
The National Center for PTSD’s Decision Aid has handouts and videos that provide an overview of PTSD, explain available treatment options, and offer guidance for those considering treatment, including tips on how to talk with your provider.

PHCoE: Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
The Psychological Health Center of Excellence (PHCoE) explores common causes of PTSD, symptoms, risk factors, treatments, DoD policy guidance, and other resources for patients and healthcare providers.

Post-traumatic stress: Trauma triggers and memories—Overview [PDF]
The Defense Health Agency explores triggers—such as people, places, thoughts, feelings, memories, or situations—that can remind you of traumatic events. In addition, learn how to notice triggers and retrain your brain to react to situations where you might face a trigger.

What is PTSD? [Video]
This video defines different events that can cause PTSD and explores some common symptoms such as flashbacks, anxiety, feeling worse about yourself or the world, and avoiding situations that remind you of the trauma.

PTSD treatment: Know your options [Video]
Learn about treatment options for PTSD, including cognitive behavioral therapies and medications that can help your recovery, in this video from the National Center for PTSD.

Prolonged exposure for PTSD [Video]
Watch this video to find out about prolonged-exposure therapy, which involves talking through traumatic events with your mental healthcare provider and learning how to expose yourself to stressful situations you’ve previously avoided.

Evidence-based treatment [Video]
This video from the Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD explains what “evidence-based treatment” means and why such methods are likely to provide the best options to get the treatment you need to cope with and recover from PTSD.

Reintegration and intimacy: The impact of PTSD and other invisible injuries [PDF]
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other “invisible” injuries can impact your intimate relationship with your loved one when you return from deployment. Learn how to cope with the issues that can arise.

See HPRC’s “Resources for mental health care” for more help with PTSD.

→See also HPRC’s “Where do you serve?” section for your branch of service for additional policy and other branch-specific information.