Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a set of symptoms which negatively impact thoughts, feelings, and/or behaviors after exposure to extreme trauma. PTSD can occur based on a single event (e.g., a plane crash or an abduction) or because of repeated incidents (e.g. sexual abuse throughout childhood or long-term participation in armed combat). It can involve physical, emotional, or psychological harm — often it involves some combination of the three. People can also develop PTSD through witnessing or hearing about trauma done to others. This is especially common among helping professionals.

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Resource Organizations » Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

16 listing(s), including 2 offering support groups

In Massachusetts

BRIK (Building Resilience in Kids)
PO Box 35
Harvard, MA  01451
Phone: (978) 456-7366
Fax: (978) 456-3545
Building Resilience in Kids (BRIK) is a small non-profit helping children who have been stressed by poverty and trauma. We help children directly and through their caregivers to build resilience. BRIK offers workshops and programs that allow children to express themselves creatively while building positive relationships with those around them.

Massachusetts Office of Victim Assistance
1 Ashburton Place
Suite 1101
Boston, MA  02108
Office: 617-586-1340
Hotline: 844-878-6682
The mission of the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) is to advocate for and assist victims of crime across the Commonwealth. Victims and their families are often traumatized, confused and uncertain about where to turn for help. Victims can receive assistance through MOVA's Service Programs, the SAFEPLAN Program (for victims seeking protection from abuse), and through the Help Directory. The Victim Services Coordinator can provide referrals to appropriate programs, service providers, information, and advocacy organizations to help victims better understand the justice system.

MGH Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders
One Bowdoin Square
6th Floor
Boston, MA  02114
The Center is investigating the efficacy of treatments for Panic Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, Complicated Grief, and Generalized Anxiety Disorder, while seeking to learn more about the underlying causes and course of Anxiety Disorders.

National Center for PTSD
150 South Huntington Street
Jamaica Plain, MA  02130
The National Center for PTSD is dedicated to excellence in research and education on the prevention, understanding, and treatment of PTSD. Its purpose is to improve the well-being and understanding of veterans and others suffering from PTSD. The website includes the definition of PTSD, fact sheets on topics related to PTSD, and information of finding professional help.

National Center for PTSD
Women's Health Sciences Division 166B-3
150 South Huntington Street
Jamaica Plain, MA  02130
The Women's Health Sciences Division located in Boston, MA, focuses on the special issues of women and PTSD, and especially on effective treatments. The Division has pioneered research on the psychological impact of military service on women veterans. Such initiatives include development of psychological assessment techniques, the impact of sexual assault and military sexual trauma, and on the effect of PTSD on women's health and medical problems. There is also a major focus on treatment dissemination and training.

Outside Massachusetts

Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA)
Offers support group(s)
8701 Georgia Ave
Suite 412
Silver Spring, MD  20910
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) - formerly The Anxiety Disorders Association of America - is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the prevention, treatment and cure of anxiety disorders and to improve the lives of all people who suffer from them. ADAA is dedicated to informing the public, health care professionals, and media that anxiety disorders are real, serious, and treatable. ADAA promotes professional and public awareness of anxiety and related disorders (such as PTSD, OCD, panic disorder, social anxiety) and their impact on people's lives. The organization also links people who need treatment with the health care professionals who provide it. The ADAA website also provides listings of anxiety disorder support groups offered across the United States.

International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
111 Deer Lake Road, Suite 100
Deerfield, IL  60015
Phone: 847-480-9028
Fax: 847-480-9282
ISTSS is an international organization that promotes advancement and exchange of knowledge about severe stress and trauma. This knowledge includes understanding the scope and consequences of traumatic exposure, preventing traumatic events and ameliorating their consequences, and advocating for the field of traumatic stress. ISTSS is dedicated to the discovery and dissemination of knowledge about policy, program and service initiatives that seek to reduce traumatic stressors and their immediate and long-term consequences. ISTSS provides a forum for the sharing of research, clinical strategies, public policy concerns and theoretical formulations on trauma in the United States and around the world. The ISTSS website provides multimedia information and resources for the general public on traumatic stress.

National Center for Children Exposed to Violence
Child Study Center at Yale University
230 South Frontage Road
New Haven, CT  06520
Toll Free: 877-496-2238
Phone: 203-785-7047
Fax: 203-785-4608
It is the mission of the National Center for Children Exposed to Violence (NCCEV) to increase the capacity of individuals and communities to reduce the incidence and impact of violence on children and families; to train and support the professionals who provide intervention and treatment to children and families affected by violence; and, to increase professional and public awareness of the effects of violence on children, families, communities and society. The NCCEV serves as a national forum for exploring issues surrounding children's exposure to violence and a partner in national collaborations across the country in urban, suburban and rural areas. The NCCEV offers training, technical assistance and consultation to a variety of collaborative community programs. It also provides a wide range of specialized interventions and services. The NCCEV website includes comprehensive information on children and violence.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network
National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative, University of Ca
11150 W. Olympic Blvd, Suite 650
New Haven, CT  , CA  90064
Phone: (310) 235-2633
Established by Congress in 2000, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) is a unique collaboration of academic and community-based service centers whose mission is to raise the standard of care and increase access to services for traumatized children and their families across the United States. Combining knowledge of child development, expertise in the full range of child traumatic experiences, and attention to cultural perspectives, the NCTSN serves as a national resource for developing and disseminating evidence-based interventions, trauma-informed services, and public and professional education. The website includes information on the types of traumatic stress and resources for parents and caregivers whose children are experiencing traumatic stress.

National Institue of Mental Health: PTSD
6001 Executive Boulevard
Room 8184, MSC 9663
Bethesda, MD  20892
The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) topic page by the National Institute of Mental Health offers information about disorder, its symptoms, and available treatments. The site features various publications, research findings, articles, and videos about PTSD.

National Native Children's Trauma Center
Institute for Educational Research & Service
The University of Montana
Missoula, MT  59812
Toll Free: 800-637-4833
Phone: 406-243-5344
The mission of the National Native Childhood Trauma Center is to address high rates of traumatic stress amongst American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) children by working under the guidance of U.S. tribal nations in implementing, adapting and evaluating trauma interventions. This work requires understanding, respect and honoring of tribal sovereignty, specific community needs and the use of traditional healing practices. The goals of the Center are to significantly increase and disseminate the number of culturally-relevant, evidence-based interventions for use with AI/AN children (particularly interventions to be delivered in schools) and disseminate these interventions nationally, both on and off reservations and within NCTSN; develop a network of culturally competent, trained educators, mental health providers, and law enforcement personnel who can meet the needs of AI/AN children who experience traumatic stress; and increase the amount of research detailing the processes through which AI/AN children experience and cope with traumatic stress.

Sidran Institute
PO Box 436
Brooklandville, MD  21022
Sidran Traumatic Stress Institute is a nonprofit organization of international scope that helps people understand, recover from, and treat traumatic stress (including PTSD), dissociative disorders, and co-occurring issues, such as addictions, self injury, and suicidality. The Sidran Institute develops and delivers: educational programming, resources for treatment, support and self-help, trauma-informed community and professional collaboration projects, and publications about trauma and recovery. Their Help Desk offers guidance, resources, and referrals for trauma survivors, family members, friends, professionals, and students.

Silent Siren
Swansea, IL
Swansea, IL  62226
The mission of Silent Siren is to build strong community collaborations that enhance and expand existing community crisis intervention/support for military service individuals and their families.
Silent Siren believes that the following actions and approaches will help achieve this mission:
1.) Empower persons supporting an individual with PTSD to utilize local emergency support services.
2.) Educate emergency support personnel and military families and caregivers about PTSD and the fundamental approaches to responding to PTSD crisis situations.
3.) Engage local community counseling & support resources who can be readily available to navigate family members and caregivers through crisis situation.

The Brain and Behavior Research Foundation
90 Park Avenue, 16th Floor
New York, NY  10016
Main Line: 646-681-4888
Toll Free: 800-829-8289
The Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (formerly NARSAD, the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression) is committed to alleviating the suffering of mental illness by awarding grants that will lead to advances and breakthroughs in scientific research. The BBR Foundation offers news on the research it funds as well as information (documents and videos) about these and other disorders in children and adults. It also provides guidance and resources for families coping with a child or parent with mental illness.

Trauma Survivors Network
Offers support group(s)
TSN National Administrator c/o American Trauma Society
201 Park Washington Court
Falls Church, VA  22046
The Trauma Survivors Network (TSN) is a community of patients and families who are looking to connect with one another and rebuild their lives after a serious injury. The TSN is committed to providing valuable, practical information and referral; connecting survivors with peer mentors and support groups; enhancing survivor skills to manage day to day challenges; developing on-line communities of support and hope for trauma survivors and their families and friends; and training health care providers to deliver the best care and support to patients and their families and friends. Membership in the TSN is free for trauma survivors and their friends and families.

Worry Wise Kids

This site was launched because of the urgent need to address the growing needs of our children to be equipped to cope with and overcome the stress, worry and anxieties in their life. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for anxious children and their families by providing parents, educators and mental health professionals with comprehensive, user-friendly information on the full range of anxiety disorders. Because children may be secretive about their worries and suffer in silence, our goal is to help adults who care about kids to be on the lookout for red flags. We offer information about treatment options, kid-friendly explanations for the mechanisms that create and maintain anxiety, parenting do's and don'ts, how to handle school issues and more.

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