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PTSD Treatment Basics

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“Treatment works. Treatment can take you to a place in your life where you thought you'd never be again.”

Yvonne Grissett

U.S. Army, 1982-1986

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PTSD Treatment Basics

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PTSD treatment works. Those who have gone through trauma can learn to feel safe in the world and cope with stress. The articles here give basic information about how to get started with treatment. To learn about the most effective treatments for PTSD, see Talk Therapy and Medications.

  • Why Get Treatment?
    Deciding to get help and taking the steps to start can be hard. Learn why getting help for your symptoms is the best thing you can do to get your life back on track.
  • Choosing a Treatment
    There are several effective PTSD treatments. This means you have options. Learn how you can work with your provider to choose the best treatment for you.
  • Types of Providers
    Many types of professionals provide evidence-based talk therapy and medication to people who go through trauma. Learn about the training and education of these mental health providers.
  • Signs of Good PTSD Care
    In the best cases, people see PTSD symptoms get better while in treatment. But some people may not feel satisfied or feel they don't see progress. Learn 4 signs of quality PTSD care and how you can be an active player in your treatment.

Visit our Get Help section to learn how to find help in a crisis, locate a provider, get care for Veterans and information about self-help and coping to manage stress.

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PTSD Information Voice Mail: (802) 296-6300
Also see: VA Mental Health