Reducing Your Risk of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Join a Support Group
Many communities have support groups
Keep in Touch With Family and Friends
Work at improving your relationships with your partner or spouse, family, and friends. The mutual support will aid in your healing. You will feel more “normal” as you increase your social support.
For more information on increasing your social support, click here
Relocate to a Safer Neighborhood
After surviving a trauma, you are likely to feel that the world is a dangerous place and that your chances of being harmed are high. If you live in a high-crime area, your beliefs and fears will be even worse. If possible, move to a quieter and safer neighborhood.
Join an Alcohol or Drug Treatment Program
Many survivors of trauma use alcohol or
Begin a Regular Exercise Program
Exercise can provide a healthy outlet for your emotions, distract you from worries and disturbing memories, and help increase your self-esteem and feelings of control. Walking
For more information on starting a regular exercise program,
Get Involved With Your Community
Get involved in a community activity such as volunteering, especially if you’re not working. Whether you choose to work with youth programs, the elderly, literacy programs, or hospital services, or to take part in community sports, it’s important to feel that you are making a contribution.
Seek Mental Health Counseling
When you are dealing with the aftermath of a traumatic experience, counseling can help you to understand and deal with these feelings. Dealing with these feelings may help reduce the chances that you'll develop PTSD. There are a variety of styles of counseling available. Talk with your doctor about the best one for you.
National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder website. Available at: http://www.ncptsd.va.gov/ .
Anxiety Disorders Association of America website. Available at: http://www.adaa.org/ .
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