The mission of the National Center for PTSD is to advance the clinical care and social welfare of America's Veterans and others who have experienced trauma, or who suffer from PTSD, through research, education, and training in the science, diagnosis, and treatment of PTSD and stress-related disorders.
The National Center has emerged as the world's leading research and educational center of excellence on PTSD. Its vision is to be the foremost leader in information on PTSD and trauma; information generated internally through its extensive research program, and information synthesized from published scientific research and collective clinical experience that is efficiently disseminated to the field.
The Center is organized to facilitate rapid translation of science into practice, ensuring that the latest research findings inform clinical care; and translation of practice into science, and ensuring that questions raised by clinical challenges are addressed using rigorous experimental protocols.
By drawing on the specific expertise vested at each separate division (behavioral, neuroscientific, etc.), the National Center provides a unique infrastructure within which to implement multidisciplinary initiatives regarding the etiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of PTSD.
For more information, please visit the official National Center for PTSD website.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Addiction
People suffering from PTSD often self-medicate with drugs and alcohol, which can lead to addiction.
PTSD and Sleep
Sleep problems are a common issue for people of all ages, but anyone diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder is more likely to experience difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. Sleep disturbances and nightmares are common symptoms of PTSD, and these symptoms may even exacerbate other PTSD symptoms and make treatment more difficult.
PTSD Self Test
Throughout the 20th century, soldiers who suffered lasting mental health effects after combat were deemed to be “shell-shocked” or “battle fatigued”. We now recognize these conditions as being PTSD that comes from being in traumatizing combat events. More veterans are becoming aware of their PTSD, and Safe Harbor House has created this self-assessment to help them through the healing process.
Understanding PTSD and the Effects on Sleep
A local Girl Scout Troop is currently working on their Forgotten Soldiers Outreach path and were asked by their troop leader to find any sites which they thought were beneficial to veterans (other than our site). Anna, whose father was in the military, found this site and shared it with her troop. We''d like to thank Anna and the Girl Scouts for their help identifying another good resource. Good luck with your badges, girls!