PTSD Helpline: PTSD Support

PTSD online support group

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) develops when an individual has gone through a terrifying, shocking, or threatening experience. It is perfectly normal to feel fearful after a traumatic event, and most people make a full recovery naturally. However, if you or a loved one continues to exhibit stress and fear, even when there is not any danger, then the symptoms might indicate PTSD.

Coping with PTSD can be extremely difficult and often leaves you feeling isolated, afraid, and depressed. Seeking out a support group online or a PTSD helpline can be incredibly helpful when managing your or your loved one's condition. However, many find this to be a challenging step to take. It is essential to know that you are not alone. If you care to share your own experiences about managing PTSD or learn more about the challenges and successes others have experienced, the ExtendaTouch PTSD community will enable you to connect with actual people who experience the same daily challenges.

ExtendaTouch is entirely free and is packed full of stories, friendly advice, and resources that can help you feel part of a positive community. All types of people gather to share resources and opportunities that can help everyone live their best life while providing care for their loved ones. Further, ExtendaTouch allows you to personalize the level of anonymity you would like to retain within the PTSD support group online, making users more comfortable with sharing stories and answering questions about their experiences.

How can ExtendaTouch's PTSD Hotline help me?

The ExtendaTouch community consists of unpaid family caregivers across the entire U.S. ExtendaTouch provides online tools for community members to share information and support; perhaps even current news about:

  • Managing symptoms and side effects
  • Avoiding specific triggers
  • Maintaining healthy and positive relationships
  • How to best help loved one's cope with PTSD

You can feel safe expressing yourself or reading about your most pressing questions about PTSD. ExtendaTouch is here to assist you in meeting other family caregivers to find information and support. ExtendaTouch doesn't provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

 

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mchamara
My husband was recently diagnosed with PTSD and Mood disorder after spiraling downward for the last 3 yrs. I am realizing I'm not equipped to support him on my own and my instincts as a partner seem to aggrivate the situation.
I care(d) a total of 3 years for a male
TraumaGuy, Volunteer
I'm a natural caregiver because of who I am. I was also physically and verbally abused by my mother for the first 16 years of my life. At 51, I have had 25 years of uncontrollable PTSD Triggers. I found a solution, and the triggers have all but stopped; even in this crazy COVID world, I can again reason without having a burst of brain chemistry control me and my day. Now, I can reason out of those triggers until they are just considerations now, not emotions. EMDR therapy worked for me and changed my brain, not just my thinking. The crazy thing is it becomes the physical stimulation from one side of your body to the other while you engage in talk therapy to untie those knots we call triggers. I use hand buzzers that buzz back and forth while I close my eyes and talk my way through bringing up the trigger, understanding it was real events that created it, then reason that it is of the past, not the present, and does not belong in my present. I'm a nerd and love learning about the body and anything scientific or biological. I believe in trying once with the best focus I can muster to see if it can work for me before I try something new. Well, this type of therapy worked for me amazingly well! I had lost myself for years without knowing what it was that made me so angry and upset all the time; I just assumed it was others around me when it was my brain, not them. This wisdom comes from my experiences going to EMDR therapy any time a trigger shows itself. After 16 years of abuse, there are bound to be many triggers remaining, but I know I found a solution. I'm happy to connect with anyone who has questions about my experiences.
I care(d) a total of 1 year for a male
Vet4Health
In 2012, while in the US Navy and on deployment in the Arabian Gulf, I experienced a prinzmetal angina episode where I was unconscious for more than 2 hours. After I was medically evacuated back the US, it was discovered that I had suffered a hypoxia frontal lobe brain injury (TBI non-impact), and as a result was subsequently diagnosed with: Severe Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Traumatic (non-impact) Brain Injury (TBI), and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Eddie
I care(d) a total of 30 years for a malefemale
nmorganbond70
I care(d) a total of 5 years for a malefemale
Experiencedcaregiver, Volunteer
After many years of talk therapy, we tried EMDR therapy, and it worked wonders. I would be happy to chat with anyone about this.​ I have years of experience I can share if it will help.
I care(d) a total of 20 years for a male