Heights Mental Health

~What can I do if I think I have PTSD?BACK TO TOP “I wanted to keep the war away from my family, but I brought the war with me every time I opened the door. It helps to talk with them about how I feel.” In addition to getting treatment, you can adjust your lifestyle to help relieve PTSD symptoms. For example, talking with other Veterans who have experienced trauma can help you connect with and trust others, exercising can help reduce physical tension, and volunteering can help you reconnect with your community. You also can let your friends and family know when certain places or activities make you uncomfortable. Your close friends and family may be the first to notice that you’re having a tough time. Turn to them when you are ready to talk. It can be helpful to share what you’re experiencing, and they may be able to provide support and help you find treatment that is right for you. Take the next step – Make the connection.BACK TO TOP Whether you just returned from a deployment or have been home for 40 years, it’s never too late to get professional treatment or support for PTSD. Receiving counseling or treatment as soon as possible can keep your symptoms from getting worse. Even Veterans who did not realize they had PTSD for many years have benefited from treatment that allows them to deal with their symptoms in new ways. You can also consider connecting with: Your family doctor: Ask if your doctor has experience treating Veterans or can refer you to someone who does A mental health professional, such as a therapist Your local VA Medical Center or Vet Center: VA specializes in the care and treatment of Veterans A spiritual or religious advisor