PTSD: National Center for PTSD
What is AboutFace?
AboutFace is a website made for people who want to learn more about PTSD, whether they think they may have it, or know someone who does. The site features basic information about PTSD and treatment, in addition to videos and stories from Veterans, who have experienced PTSD first-hand.
The Veterans on AboutFace, who span more than 6 decades of military experience, volunteered to share their stories to help you understand what it feels like to have PTSD and what PTSD treatment is like. Their advice is heartfelt—after all, they've been there.
In addition to the Veterans, partners, children and friends talk about what it's like to live with someone who has PTSD. Treatment providers (including social workers, psychologists and psychiatrists) explain what PTSD is, answer questions they've often been asked, and describe the treatments that get the best results.
AboutFace is helpful to anyone who's been through a trauma. The stories shared by the Veterans and family members may be similar to your own. And the treatments featured on the site work for any trauma that can lead to PTSD.
How to Use AboutFace
AboutFace offers a few ways for you to hear about PTSD and treatment from Veterans who have been there:
- Learn about PTSD Treatment walks you through the basics of PTSD and PTSD treatment
- Our Stories is an archive of videos and playlists that you can filter based on topics or people that interest you
- Learn more about PTSD is where you will find pages that focus on specific topics—like Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and Race, Culture and PTSD—and PTSD therapies that have been proven to work
You Are Not Alone
After a trauma you may feel isolated—and it can be powerful to hear from someone else who's been there. AboutFace videos feature Veterans from all over the country with a wide range of backgrounds, identities, and experiences. Can you hear your story in theirs?
"It made me avoid everything. I mean, you know, it made me avoid my family."
- Edward Baldisari U.S. Army 1965 - 1969
"I worried about being ambushed. For some reason, I couldn't leave Iraq where Iraq was."
- Vince Bryant U.S. Marine Corps 2001 - 2009
"I had insomnia really bad, so I would binge drink for days and not sleep."
- Michelle Fisher U.S. Air Force 2000 - 2011
Take Our Advice
Once you've been on the site, it won't take you long to realize that everyone who shares their story wants you to get the help you deserve:
"The help's there and you deserve it. Take it one day at a time, one step at a time and believe me you're going to look back on it and say, "Man, never thought I could feel this good." It's true."
- Richard Adams U.S. Navy 1971 - 1972
"PTSD treatment can take you to a place in your life where you thought you'd never be again. It can help you restore your faith in yourself."
- Yvonne Grissett U.S. Army 1982 - 1986