Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

Traumatic incidents of any kind, including those experienced in combat, often impact people in ways that challenge their ability to heal on their own. 





PTSD Checklist
Abinitio Research LLC
Android Market (FREE)

This application is designed to check by yourself how deeply you suffer from PTSD. 22 questions is based on the list appeared on the official website of Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Japan.



PTSD Coach
US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
Apple App Store (FREE)

PTSD Coach was designed for Veterans and military Service Members who have, or may have, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This app provides users with education about PTSD, information about professional care, a self-assessment for PTSD, opportunities to find support, and tools that can help users manage the stresses of daily life with PTSD. Tools range from relaxation skills and positive self-talk to anger management and other common self-help strategies. Users can customize tools based on their preferences and can integrate their own contacts, photos, and music. This app can be used by people who are in treatment as well as those who are not. PTSD Coach was created by VA’s National Center for PTSD and DoD’s National Center for Telehealth & Technology.


PE Coach
US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
Apple App Store (FREE)
Android Market (FREE)

If you are a Soldier, Sailor, Airman, or Marine or Veteran experiencing difficulties due to a traumatic experience (for example, combat, deployment experience, or sexual assault), the PE Coach mobile application (app) may be part of the solution. PE Coach is designed to be used during psychotherapy provided by a behavioral health professional who is trained in Prolonged Exposure (PE) therapy. By itself this smartphone app is not sufficient to treat posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The app will guide you through the exercises assigned by your therapist and allows you to track and record your progress in treatment. In addition, the app provides you with techniques such as controlled breathing that will help you tolerate and decrease your distress. PE Coach will help you remember and track your upcoming therapy sessions. You and your therapist will be able to audio record your sessions directly onto your phone so that you can review them later as part of your treatment. 



Overcoming Trauma and PTSD: A Workbook Integrating Skills from ACT, DBT, and CBT 
Sheela Raja & Susan Orsillo
ISBN: 978-1608822867

If you’ve experienced a traumatic event, you may feel a wide range of emotions, such as anxiety, anger, fear, and depression. The truth is that there is no right or wrong way to react to trauma; but there are ways that you can heal from your experience, and uncover your own capacity for resilience, growth, and recovery.

Overcoming Trauma and PTSD offers proven-effective treatments based in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to help you overcome both the physical and emotional symptoms of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This book will help you find relief from painful flashbacks, insomnia, or other symptoms you might be experiencing. Also included are worksheets, checklists, and exercises to help you start feeling better and begin your journey on the road to recovery.

This book will help you manage your anxiety and stop avoiding certain situations, cope with painful memories and nightmares, and determine if you need to see a therapist. Perhaps most importantly, it will help you to develop a support system so that you can you heal and move forward.



What Is PTSD?: 3 Steps To Healing Trauma 
Anna Baranowski & Teresa Lauer
ISBN: 978-1478286738

Our newest book, What Is PTSD? 3 Steps to Healing Trauma is the perfect companion for your recovery, introducing you to techniques and strategies that have helped thousands of our clients embark on their own healing journey.


The Trauma Tool Kit: Healing PTSD from the Inside Out 
Susan Pease Banitt
ISBN: 978-0835608961

In 2010 the Department of Veterans Affairs cited 171,423 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans diagnosed with PTSD, out of 593,634 total patients treated. That’s almost 30 percent; other statistics show 35 percent. Nor, of course, is PTSD limited to the military. In twenty years as a therapist, Susan Pease Banitt has treated trauma in patients ranging from autistic children to women with breast cancer; from underage sex slaves to adults incapacitated by early childhood abuse. Doctors she interviewed in New York report that, even before 9/11, most of their patients had experienced such extreme stress that they had suffered physical and mental breakdowns. Those doctors agree with Pease Banitt that stress is the disease of our times. At the 2009 Evolution of Psychotherapy conference Jack Kornfield noted, “We need a trauma tool kit.” Here it is.

Most people, Pease Banitt says, experience trauma as a terminal blow to their deepest sense of self. Her techniques restore a sense of wholeness at the core level from which all healing springs. The uniqueness of her book lies in its diversity and accessibility. She assesses the values and limitations of traditional and alternative therapies and suggests methods that are universally available.



Mind-Body Workbook for PTSD: A 10-Week Program for Healing After Trauma 
Stanley Block & Carolyn Bryant Block
ISBN: 978-1572249233

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.


Web Links

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder National Institute of Mental Health

National Center for PTSD Department of Veterans Affairs Information from CDC,, MedlinePlus, NIH, National Institute of Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Getting Help – Anxiety and Depression Association of America



Self Assessments and Quizzes

PTSD Screening National Center for PTSD, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs


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