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You should find at least some of the following links helpful whether or not your partner is a wounded warrior with military sexual trauma, let’s say, or suffering from PTSD after being in a car accident. There are only two categories, those that should prove helpful to any of you looking at this because you are in a relationship with a PTSD sufferer, and a second category for those of you with a warrior wounded by PTSD. Otherwise, links should be in alphabetical order—unless Dr. Diane England messed up when completing this task. Since there is a great likelihood of that, don’t look too closely. Sure, she might be able to write about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, but she is less adept at tasks such as alphabetizing a list of links.

Anyway, since there is not an extensive list of PTSD-related links in the first place, it may prove helpful to you to check them all out. That way you are aware of some helpful resources early on, perhaps before you find yourself facing a crisis such as your loved one appears to be suicidal, and you want her to talk to someone, but you have never put the suicide hotline phone number on your list of emergency numbers. As Diane England, Ph.D. likes to remind readers in her book, The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Relationship," it is always better to be safe than sorry.

The following websites could prove helpful to you for various reasons. Some are a good source of information about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as well as other issues that individuals or families impacted by PTSD are apt to encounter. Some help you access data bases of those who provide PTSD treatment. Some may connect you to support groups. Then again, you may need an expert witness, and one of these groups will help you identify such a professional.

Dr. Diane England wants to alert you to the fact that in the course of her research for the book, The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Relationship, she discovered some of these sites as the result of recommendations by others. Thus, while she is personally familiar with a number of them, she is not familiar with all of them. Dr. England anticipates that each and every one should prove useful to some of you perusing this list of links, but there is the possibility that you might prove disappointed with what you find at some of these sites or the service you receive upon contacting one of the organizations. If you are extremely so, you might want to contact Dr. Diane England and let her know about this.

Also be aware that while some of these organizations will provide free information or services, certainly not all of them will. Dr. Diane England can not address what any of the fees might be or whether or not they are reasonable. As a result, she would say to you, as she has always told those she was striving to educate to become better consumers, you must always proceed with caution. Ask lots of questions and realize it will fall on your own shoulders to be your own best advocate—or in this case, the advocate for you partner with PTSD. But again, if you feel you have not been treated well or fairly by any of these organizations, Diane England, Ph.D. would also like to hear from you.

Now, on a more positive note,here's wishing you the best of luck in your search for further information and help with your “Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Relationship.” May your loved one with PTSD, you, and your relationship all handle the challenges PTSD has brought in such a way that those PTSD symptoms are either completely eradicated or, if not that, at least more effectively managed. Do not silently endure the destructive path untreated PTSD can take. There is no reason for it. Then again, you probably wouldn’t be here reviewing this list of links if you weren’t trying to take action against the PTSD, would you?

PTSD-related and Other Sites that will be of Interest to Partners of PTSD Sufferers

Adult Children of Alcoholics

www.adultchildren.org/Meetings.s

This is a twelve-step program for the adult who grew up with an alcoholic parent and as a result, developed problematic thoughts or behaviors that he or she hopes to overcome. At this website, you can learn more about the program as well as where to find a group.

Adult Survivors of Child Abuse

www.ascasupport.org

Adult Survivors of Child Abuse is an international self-help support group program designed specifically for adult survivors of neglect, physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse.

Al-Anon and Alateen

www.al-anon.alateen.org

This is the entrance to a website which you can read in either English or Spanish that introduces the twelve-step program, Al-Anon. It helps family and friends of people suffering from alcoholism. It is also the way to access Alateen, designed for any youth dealing with a parent, other family member, or friend with alcoholism.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

www.aa.org/?Media=PlayFlash

This is the official website of the twelve-step program that has helped so many who’ve developed problems with alcohol. You should be able to find a local AA meeting location at this site.

American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP)

www.aaap.org/prpwaiver.htm

The AAAP provides a practitioner database which you should find helpful. You need to understand that the AAAP provides names of people with expertise in the area of PTSD, but they do not endorse any of the practitioners listed. You or your must still decide if a professional is a good fit for your partner with PTSD and perhaps other co-occurring mental health issues.

American Bar Association

www.abanet.org/public.html

http://abalawinfo.org/fam1.html

The American Bar Association provides information for the general public as well as for their attorney members. If you’ll click on the second link and scroll down, you’ll see a section that deals with domestic violence and developing a safety plan. You can read this in English or Spanish.


American Psychiatric Association

This organization serves as a professional organization for psychiatrists. However, notice that it has a special website for the general public that is listed below under “Healthy Minds.”

American Psychological Association

www.apa.org

This professional organization for psychologists provides information for the general public at their site as well as information for professionals. Furthermore, there is a search feature to find psychologists in your area.


Anxiety Disorders Association of America

www.adaa.org

This organization provides information, resources, and referrals online.

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies

http://www.abct.org/dPublic/?m=mPublic

Learn more about these therapies as well as seek out a therapist who is part of this organization. Remember, though, not all therapists with this type of expertise may elect to be an active member of this organization.

Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS)

http://mentalhealth.samhsa.gov/cmhs

CMHS is the federal agency within the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that leads national efforts to improve prevention and mental health treatment services for all Americans. CMHS pursues its mission by helping States improve and increase the quality and range of treatment, rehabilitation, and support services for both people with mental health problems and their families.


Cocaine Anonymous

http://www.ca.org

A twelve-step program for those addicted to cocaine.

Cooperative Extension System

www.csrees.usda.gov/Extension

The Cooperative Extension System is a nationwide, non-credit educational network. Each U.S. state and territory has a state office at its land-grant university as well as a network of local or regional offices. These offices are staffed by one or more experts who provide useful, practical, and research-based information to consumers plus agricultural producers, small business owners, and youth in not only rural areas, but communities of all sizes. You can locate the office nearest you by going to this map.

Gifts from Within

http://www.abct.org/dPublic/?m=mPublic

Non-profit organization dedicated to those who suffer PTSD. You will find helpful information as well as be able to both post as well as read what others have written about their lives impacted by PTSD.

Give an Hour

www.giveanhour.org/skins/gah/home.aspx

This is a not-for-profit organization that has partnered with the American Psychiatric Foundation, the National Association of Social Workers, and others to identify mental health professionals that will donate at least an hour of their time per week to provide assistance to military members and their families facing PTSD or other mental health issues. When you access their website, click on their visitor link and you’ll find yourself at the page where you can access this database.

Healthy Minds

http://healthyminds.org

HealthyMinds.org is the American Psychiatric Association’s online resource for anyone seeking mental health information. You’ll find information on many common mental health concerns, including warning signs of mental disorders, treatment options, and preventative measures.

International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

www.istss.org/resources/index.cfm

Discover resources for the public and links to other trauma-related organizations.

Mental Health America

www.mentalhealthamerica.net/go/find_therapy

This was formerly the National Mental Health Association, the country's oldest and largest nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness. With affiliates nationwide, this organization works to improve the mental health of all Americans, especially the 54 million individuals with mental disorders. They do so through advocacy, education, research and service. At this website, you can find information about treatment, and you might gain assistance with locating a therapist, too.

Mental Health Services Locator

http://mentalhealth.samhsa.gov/databases

Discover numerous organizations throughout the counrty providing mental health services.

Mood and Anxiety Disorders Institute

http://www2.massgeneral.org/madiresourcecenter

Resources on various mental health disorders including PTSD from a hospital with a department of psychiatry rated number one in the country by physicians for over a decade.

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill

www.nami.org

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) focuses on providing support to both persons with serious brain disorders and their families. The organization has over 1,000 state and local affiliates, so you might want to see if there is one near you.

National Association of Social Workers

www.helpstartshere.org/common/Search/Default.asp

This is a professional organization for social workers. While not all social workers elect to belong to it, there is a search feature on the website whereby you might well find a clinical social worker who lived near you who could provide the therapy your partner or you seek.

National Center for Children Exposed to Violence (NCCEV)

www.nccev.org

The mission of NCCEV is to increase public and professional awareness of the effects of violence on children. The organization also works toward reducing the impact of violence.


National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (NCPTSD)

www.ncptsd.va.gov/ncmain/index.jsp

The National Center for PTSD aims to advance the clinical care and social welfare of U.S. veterans through research, education, and training on PTSD and stress-related disorders. Since it provides information for the public as well as professionals, you should definitely find useful information at this site.

The National Center for PTSD (NCPTSD) aims to advance the clinical care and

National Center for Victims of Crime

www.ncvc.org

This organization provides direct services and resources to individuals, families and communities harmed by crime. They provide some referral assistance. You might want to call INFOLINK at 800-211-7996.


National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd/index.shtml

NIMH is one of 27 components of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Federal government's principal biomedical and behavioral research agency. The NIMH mission is to reduce the burden of mental illness and behavioral disorders through research on mind, brain, and behavior. There are free publications you can order online.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

www.nida.nih.gov

The National Institute on Drug Abuse is a component of the National Institutes of Health. NIDA supports most of the world's research on the health aspects of drug abuse and addiction. At this site, you will find information designed for various audiences—including children.

National Library of Medicine

www.nlm.nih.gov

The National Library of Medicine provides online health information and library service. Here you’ll have free access to online searching of the world's largest medical library.

National Network to End Domestic Violence

www.nnedv.org/resources/coalitions.html

This organization represents state domestic violence coalitions as well as those in the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. State domestic violence coalitions connect local domestic violence services. Hence, this can be a good place to learn about local organizations if you have this need.

National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA)

www.trynova.org

NOVA provides services for those who have been victims of crime or a crisis.

National Self-Help Clearinghouse

http://www.cdsdirectory.org/database/view_all_listings.php

This organization works to increase the awareness of the importance of mutual support. It also provides a means of discovering self-help groups—hopefully in your area.


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Your partner who might be contemplating suicide due to the presence of PTSD can find free 24-hour assistance at: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You should also call this number if you are unsure as to how to deal with a potentially suicidal partner before such an emergency ever arises.

PTSD Facts for Health

http://ptsd.factsforhealth.org/help/searchclinic1.asp

You can search for clinicians knowledgeable about PTSD as well as find other helpful links and resources at this site.

PTSD Forum

http://www.ptsdforum.org

This is a place where you can post comments or read those of others dealing with PTSD.


Sidran Institute

www.sidran.org

This organization is devoted to education, advocacy, and research to benefit people who are suffering from injuries of traumatic stress. They offer a library and computerized information database. They may be able to help with a referral as well—but you must call.

Women’s Law

www.womenslaw.org

This website is designed to provide useful information to the woman who is the victim of abuse.

Sites Especially for the Partners of Wounded Warriors with Complex PTSD

America Supports You

www.americasupportsyou.mil/americasupportsyou/help.html

Discover organizations in the community that are seeking to support military members and their families in a variety of ways.

Army Behavioral Health

www.behavioralhealth.army.mil

This information is for the Army, but other military members or veterans might find it helpful to check out some of the information nonetheless—or you as the partner might find some of it enlightening, too. For example, both your partner and you might find it helpful to read about transitioning from “Battlemind” to what is required in the home environment. Also, click on the “Links” button since it will take you to links to other helpful sites for military members and veterans.

Department of Defense (DOD)

http://www.defenselink.mil/sites

This is a good place to start when you want to find out information regarding any branch of the military. It lists all the military websites. Some sites include resources not only for our men and women in uniform, but for their families as well.

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

www.va.gov

http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov

If your partner is no longer active duty but eligible for healthcare and other benefits through the VA, you will want to become familiar with this website. However, even if your partner is currently ineligible for such benefits because he or she was likely incorrectly diagnosed with an adjustment disorder or personality disorder instead of PTSD, you need to try and get your partner's military records changed. Go to Dr. Diane England's website, www.PTSDRelationship.com, and you will find a link there entitled "Wounded Warrior." Click on the link and you will find helpful information and links in what is a lengthy article Dr. England wrote at the time she was writing "The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Relationship." However, the publisher and she decided not to includue this material in the book, but only on ner website.

House Committee on Veterans Affairs

http://veterans.house.gov

http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov

Listen to Congress engage in hearings on topics such as PTSD that are broadcasted over the internet. Discover what bills are currently being considered that might impact your partner and your family—then contact your representative and encourage him or her to vote one way or another. Also, you’ll find other helpful links for veterans at this site.

Lawyers Serving Warriors

www.lawyersservingwarriors.com

Lawyers Serving Warriors is a project of the National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP). This service provides free legal representation in disability, discharge, and veterans benefits cases to service members and veterans who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) or Operation Enduring Freedom (ORF).

Stars and Stripes

http://blogs.stripes.com/blogs/spousecalls/author-addresses-effects-ptsd-veterans-and-families

Check out the blog, “Spouse Calls.”

Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc.

www.wa.org/witest/chapters.aspx

Locate a self-help group for Vietnam era veterans and their families at this site.

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