Trauma Helpline: Trauma Support

A traumatic event is a terrifying, life-threatening, or appalling experience that leaves someone emotionally scarred. Anything from a natural disaster to a horrible accident or personal attack can cause trauma. Regardless of the origin, it can be challenging for you or a loved one to cope with the aftermath and its effects. It's important to know that you are not alone and that there is plenty of help available.

ExtendaTouch is an entirely free helpline that provides online tools for its members to share information and support with actual people who face the same everyday experiences and challenges. At ExtendaTouch, you can learn how others have managed to cope with their trauma and the challenges that it brings. You will also have the ability to provide your own experiences and ask all of your most pressing questions safely and anonymously.

How can ExtendaTouch help me?

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

  • Knowing how to avoid specific triggers
  • Maintaining a healthy social life and strong relationships
  • Finding the most effective form of treatment for you or your loved one
  • Learning how to overcome your fears and anxiety

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

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I have supported children (including teens) who have been traumatized by horrific family/environmental situations. I'd be glad to exchange ideas with you.
I care(d) a total of 2 years for a malefemale
TheTechGuy, ExtendaTouch facilitator
I have years of experience I can share if it will help. 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 s 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. Trama comes in many forms, and abuse is one of them. Where is your trauma from?
I care(d) a total of 14 years for a malefemale
I care(d) a total of 30 years for a malefemale
I lost someone to suicide I was directly helping while I was in a leadership roll at an organization. The trauma surrounding the situation has been something I deal with everyday and most nights. I experience nightmares and night terrors. I was also in the US Navy and served a critical role during an engagement where several civilians, including children were at risk of death.