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Deciding to Get Treatment for PTSD - Topic Overview

"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.

"It happened a long time ago. How can anything help me?"

  • You can't change the past, but you can learn to see your past in a different way. This can help with symptoms.

"I can't afford it."

  • Many towns and cities have resources that may be able to help you. Call your local social services department or welfare office to find out.
  • If you have insurance, check your policy. Mental health benefits often are covered through a separate company.
  • Check to see if your state has a mental health parity law. Your employer may be required to provide mental health insurance.
  • Look into the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). You may be able to use it to take time off for doctor visits.
  • Ask your doctor for help. He or she may be able to find free or low-cost medicine or counseling.
  • Check Medicaid if you have a low income, or Medicare if you are 65 or older. These programs may be able to help you.
  • If you are a veteran, Vet Centers throughout the country offer treatment for combat trauma and PTSD.

"It might hurt my career."

  • You may think that it will hurt your career if people at your workplace know you have PTSD. But PTSD may make it hard for you to perform your job well. Treatment can help you perform better.
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