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PTSD and Negative Coping - Topic Overview

What can I do?

Changing how you cope with PTSD is part of your recovery. Here are some things you can do.

  • Talk to a doctor or counselor. You may need help changing your behavior. You also may be addicted to alcohol or drugs, which makes quitting on your own hard.
  • Get involved with a support group for PTSD. You can find out about support groups from your doctor, from some friends, or on the Internet.
  • Talk to your family and friends about things that bother you. They can offer you emotional support as you change your habits or behavior.
  • Get involved with social and community events. Volunteer at a sporting event or holiday festival. Connect with other people through clubs or religious groups. Find hobbies and interests that bring you in contact with others.

For information on alcohol abuse, see the topic Alcohol Abuse and Dependence.

For information on quitting smoking, see the topic Quitting Smoking.

For information on eating healthy, see the topic Healthy Eating.

For more information on PTSD, see the topic Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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Last Updated: January 09, 2013
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