PTSD Resource Guide

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a disorder occurring after a traumatic event. Trauma can occur during any stage of life, where the individual experienced an event as shocking, scary, or dangerous. If the event continues to evoke fear, flashbacks, or nightmares in the individual, months after the event, they may be diagnosed with PTSD. Thankfully, there are many resources available to help those suffering and to enable them to regain a sense of safety in their everyday lives.

Books About PTSD

Books are an excellent self-help resource and offer us a change for greater understanding of self and struggles. Oftentimes reading about our struggles, as explained by someone else, can help normalize our experience and decrease our sense of shame and embarrassment around it. Below are some top choices when seeking to learn about PTSD.

Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Guide to Recovery
By: Brandon Daniels

Daniels offers a look at the struggles of PTSD and offers insight into recovery. Daniels normalizes the experience, working to emphasis that PTSD is not a sign of weakness, but a disorder stemming from trauma. Daniels offers tools and techniques to help manage the symptoms of PTSD and move forward toward a happy and full life of recovery.

The Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Sourcebook: A Guide to Healing, Recovery, and Growth
By: Glenn R. Schiraldi

Schiraldi offers a companion book for family and friends of those suffering from PTSD. Within the book, Schiraldi discusses treatment alternatives and self-management techniques available to those suffering from the disorder. Through his sourcebook, Schiraldi offers hope for recovery and a renewal of joy in daily life.

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
By: Bessel A. Van Der Kolk

Van Der Kolk is a pioneering researcher into traumatic stress and offers this exceptional book on healing after trauma. Discussing all types of trauma from military to familial, Van Der Kolk discusses both the emotional and biological aspects of trauma and how that can develop into PTSD. Van Der Kolk then presents information for those seeking treatment, addressing options available and their effectiveness in managing the disorder.

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma
By: Jeremy P. Crosby

Crosby writes a poignant book on PTSD, emphasizing the recovery aspect and how its not only desirable, but also attainable. Crosby pulls from his professional experience in the field of trauma and offers themes and principles that can help those suffering in private. Crosby’s book outlines a basic understanding of PTSD, as well as coping skills for symptoms management and resources for continued, individualized therapy.

Government Resources for PTSD

There are several government resources on the federal level that can help support those suffering from PTSD. The information provided can help normalize the experience and offer support in needed areas. Below are a few websites to help begin your search:


Organizations Supporting PTSD

Below are listed organizations that support PTSD and offer helpful, formative, information. These are great websites for family and friends to better understand PTSD and for those struggling with PTSD to help understand their own feelings and experiences.

Hotlines for PTSD and Mental Health

Talking to someone in times of struggle is essential to well-being. If you are unable to reach family or friends, please consider calling a hotline to speak with a counselor. They are ready and wanting to help!


Blogs About PTSD


Similar to books, blogs are a great resource for those wanting to learn about PTSD. All online, you are able to access the information quickly and efficiently. Some blogs pertain to individual struggles, helping others to feel less alone in their PTSD struggles. Other blogs offer relevant and helpful information in the PTSD recovery journey. Here are a few great blogs to get you started:

Healing Combat Trauma
By: Lily Casura

With her blog, Lily provides resources and information on the PTSD diagnosis, including films, books, and integrative health practices. Lily writes on the experience of PTSD as well as those who struggle with the disease. This blog is an excellent site for anyone seeking to learn about PTSD, support a family members, or seek help for themselves.

After Trauma
By: Sara Straggs

Sara, a mental health practitioner, takes her knowledge of the field and offers an easily understood and accessible blog for those who have suffered trauma and possibly struggle with PTSD as a result of that trauma. Her training in mental health and treatment of mental health struggles offers an inside look for those seeking self help or help for others.

The Wounded Times

Here is a blog dedicated to defeated PTSD by working to educate and serve those struggling with the disorder. Using international ideas, videos, and graphics, this blog provides excellent tools and information for anyone looking to better understand PTSD.