feel that asking for treatment is a sign of weakness.
You may think
you will get better if enough time passes.
You may worry that if
people find out it could hurt your career.
But you need to get treatment. Treatment can work, and
early treatment may help reduce long-term symptoms.1
Here are some reasons people don't seek treatment and what you
can do about them.
"It's hard to schedule and find time for an appointment." "I can't get there."
Look at your schedule and find when it would
be easiest for you to see a doctor. Request this time when you call. You may
have to wait a few days, but if that's the only time you can do it, it's worth
When you call for an appointment, explain your situation.
Most doctors will try to find a time that works for both of you.
Ask a friend to help you get there, or check local bus
If you are a veteran, VA clinics and hospitals may offer
after-hours or weekend hours.
"See a shrink? I'm not crazy." "People will think I'm weak." "What will my family and friends think?"
You are looking for help so you will feel better. It takes
strength and courage to seek help from others.
problems are real and can affect your physical health. They are often caused by
chemicals in the brain or by heredity—they are not character flaws.
You can get better with the right kind of treatment. Treatment
includes medicine, counseling, self-care, or a combination of these. The kind
of treatment you have will depend on how severe your symptoms are.
"Someone might get into my medical records and see this."
Doctors, counselors, hospitals, and clinics
take privacy seriously. They won't share your records with anyone not involved
in your treatment. If you have questions about your privacy, ask the doctor
about it when calling for an appointment.
If you are in the
"I'm afraid of someone seeing that I'm not in control of myself."
Strong emotion is common, even years after
the event that causes PTSD. You still may get angry easily or feel like crying.
It's not your fault that you feel the way you do. Strong emotions are a symptom
of PTSD. Treatment can help you cope.
"I've tried to talk to people. They just don't get it and don't care."
It may be hard for some people to understand
or relate to your experiences. But other people who have experienced the same
type of events can understand. Consider finding a group of people who have
experiences similar to yours.