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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andyc, ExtendaTouch facilitator
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
TheTechGuy, ExtendaTouch facilitator
Mine was childhood abuse resulting in PTSD diagnosed late in life, but treatable at any age with EMDR Therapy. This therapy grows new neurons in the areas of the brain where triggers reroute the awareness. With early childhood PTSD, the brain can only process at the age the event occurred, there is no access to logic when a PTSD trigger occurs. However, if you use bilateral stimulation(holding a vibrating buzzer in each hand, while the vibration moves from one to the other and back) while readdressing and talking about the trigger. This physical stimulation combined with the talk therapy grows new neurons to link that area of the brain back to the logic centers. During sleep is when this activity takes place. So get a good night's rest after a session. After that time, when you are triggered again back into that particular past trauma, you'll have the voice of logic back to help you see the world around you, beyond what you're traumatized about and start to take control over how you might respond. It gives your sight and mind back during those dramatic memories that can lock you into a triggered space. The R in EMDR is about reintegration. The memories and actions were always hidden from the person being triggered, until after therapy. We must reconcile with the flood of memories about how we behaved during those events, and most importantly, how we responded towards loved ones. Usually not positive for them, so a time of forgiveness and healing is often needed to move on from being trapped. I would like to hear other's experiences that might not be childhood related but war-related and how the reintegration for those experiences feels and works. Does anyone have a wartime recovery story from EMDR?
I care(d) a total of 30 years for a male
I care(d) a total of 5 years for a malefemale
I care(d) a total of 30 years for a malefemale
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).