PTSD Information

National Center for PTSD

What is the National Center for PTSD?

Whether you are aware of it or not, there is something called the National Center for PTSD. That being said, this center is not one where people suffering from the condition can get direct care, referrals or even benefit information. That information might have you wondering what exactly it is that they do. That is what we are going to talk about today.

In the mission statement of the National Center for PTSD the goal of the center is set forth. It states that the mission is to:

“Advance the clinical care and social welfare of America’s Veterans and others who have experience trauma, or who suffer from PTSD, through research, education, and training in the science, diagnosis, and treatment of PTSD and stress-related disorders.”

What the Vision is

Although this center has become the leading educational and research center on PTSD, the vision takes it beyond that. The vision of the center sees it becoming the unequivocal leader in information on trauma and PTSD. The information that is generated through the extensive research that is conducted there and fused with information taken from scientific research that has been published as well as clinical experience is to be distributed efficiently to the field and the world at large.

Alternate Effects of trauma

Trauma can have many effects on the sufferer. PTSD is just one of many of those effects. That might leave you wondering what some of the other effects are. Here are a few:
• Acute Stress Disorder is another effect that trauma can have on people. There is a relationship between PTSD and Acute Stress Disorder
• Trauma and anger has a definite link too. There are three types pf manifestation of anger as related to trauma.
• Anniversaries and reminders of the trauma can bring on an increase of memories of the event that can be rather distressful.
• Avoidance is a version of coping that some people automatically employ. This actually impedes healing because any memory or mention or trigger of the traumatic event is avoided.
• Chronis pain can also be PTSD related.
• Many people have experienced similar stress reactions after trauma. These can be reactions such as shock, denial, guilt or many other stress reactions.
• PTSD is a very strong trigger for depression and many people who suffer from PTSD also end up with depression.
• After a traumatic event, many people who experience the trauma will have recurrent nightmares about the events.
• Alcohol use is also an effect that trauma has on many people. They drink to forget or dim the memories of the event.
• Veterans in particular seem to have a link with substance abuse that is attributed to PTSD and trauma.
• Believe it or not, self-harm is another effect of trauma.
• Sleep disorders can also be attributed to stress or traumatic events.
• One of the saddest effects of trauma and PTSD are suicides.
• There are also brain injuries that result from certain traumas and PTSD
At the National Center for PTSD you can read all about these effects and find out anything else there is to know about PTSD.


  1. Jeannie

    My neighbors dog caused a lot of damage to my ponies and horses, my livlihood and I loved them very much. I have been stuck in suing them and it is going on eight years now. I wish that a study was done about how cruel it is to keep someone who is struggling with PTSD from a trauma like I have discribed, involved for going on 8 years now in this lawsuit. It went from post traumatic stress to PTSD, to chronic PTSD. What I have been going through is INHUMANE, It has kept the trauma in the now, for too many years now. My farm has become the very thing that is a reminder, I am not the person I used to be and avoid and detach from the one thing I loved the most. This is HELL for me, a constant battle that people do not understand. I go out there and take care of my ponies and horses, and without even a though, I am suddenly running a marathon inside, my arms begin to feel like they are full of cement and are extremely painful. I keep trying so hard to LOVE IT AGAIN and not experience that, yet,
    it is constant battle.

    My brain doesn’t want to remember the details ANYMORE either, it’s so bad I can’t go near my files, they are on the floor, can’t even organize them, my brain just disassociates.

    I stand outside and look at my pretty little farm, the farm I worked so very hard for, WANTING SO BADLY TO LOVE IT AGAIN, YET AT THE SAME TIME SO DETACHED FROM IT BECAUSE SO MANY BAD REMINDERS. It is as though my brain is cut in half, the part that wants so badly to be the me I had been, and the part that DETACHES AND DESIRES TO AVOID. It is such a curse.

    Being stuck with this lawsuit for so many years like this is BAD FOR THE BRAIN, I LIVE IT AND I REALLY WISH THEY WOULD DO A STUDY ON THIS AND SHOW HOW INHUMANE IT IS.

    I have been told that if I put the PTSD into my suit, the opposing side would use it against me. I am asked to not show the PTSD, but I can’t just leave it home, I can’t just “not” experience a trigger OH HOW I WISH THAT COULD BE, but it isn’t, I HAVE PTSD, I CAN’T HELP IT. The professionals in the psychiatric field tell you, it’s not your fault, don’t be ashamed, but society doesn’t do that, instead I AM SHAMED FOR HAVING CHALLENGES WITH PTSD.


    • admin

      Hi Jeannie,

      I’m so sorry that you had to go through that. I’d love to make a post on that in the near future. However, please be advised that anything we post here is not to be taken as legal advice – only as informational, and that you should always consult an attorney before making any decisions.

  2. I’m neither a mrtaoedor, nor speaking for the VA. I’m not sure if this answers your concern, but there is a big difference between disability payment and service connection (VA benefits), and actual mental health treatment. They are not connected, and are completely different entities within the VA system. It’s a common misconception among veterans and general public that they are the same thing. The VBA is not going to follow up with you on your mental health, or any other medical care, for that matter. If you want treatment you can go the closest VA medical center and set up an appointment with mental health. If you are awarded service connection and disability compensation by VBA, mental health care, travel pay, etc , may be covered by the VA. But you have to actually seek services. And you qualify for services just by being a veteran. You do not have to wait for service connection. Hope this helps.

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