It is very important to conduct research on PTSD. Research into PTSD can provide us with new information on how the disorder develops, what causes PTSD symptoms to worsen, how PTSD may contribute to other problems (such as depression or physical health ailments), and how it can best be treated. New and exciting findings from studies of PTSD come out everyday.
However, these findings are only helpful if the people who need them most have access to them. Many people in the general community who struggle with PTSD may not know how to obtain information on these studies and their findings. If you are interested in learning more about PTSD and research that is being done on this disorder, you may want to visit some of the websites listed below.
The National Institute of Mental Health
Ground-breaking findings from studies on PTSD can also be obtained from the website of the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH). You can search for articles by topic area or based on your interest in finding studies on men or women or children or adults. In addition to general information on PTSD, the NIMH website also provides a tremendous amount of information on PTSD treatment studies, recent news about PTSD, other websites that provide information on PTSD studies, and videos on PTSD.
The American Psychological Association
The website for the American Psychological Association (APA) includes articles on current research that has been conducted on trauma and PTSD. The website also frequently includes articles on how to cope with specific traumatic events, such as natural disasters or shootings. In addition to PTSD, the website also includes articles on a variety of topics that may be relevant to someone with PTSD, such as substance use and depression.
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
Similar to the APA website, the website for the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) also provides articles on current research on PTSD. You can also download pamphlets that provide information on PTSD, as well as watch videos that provide helpful information on PTSD and other effects of traumatic exposure.
The National Center for PTSD
The National Center for PTSD website is a great resource if you are interested in learning about recent research on PTSD, especially if you are a veteran. Basic information on PTSD and its treatment is provided, as well as links to a variety of different resources. In addition, the website also includes information on a wide variety of research studies conducted by researchers within the Department of Veterans Affairs.
There Are Many Stones to Unturn
There are definitely more websites out there that provide information on research studies on PTSD (including the website you are at right now!) than the ones listed above. However, these websites might be a good place to start if you are interested in learning more about what kind of research is being done on PTSD. There are also search engines (such as PubMed.gov) that can help you find articles on PTSD.
There are a lot of studies out there to sift through so take your time and be patient. In addition, if you find a study you are interested in reading, remember that many of these articles are not written for the general population. Therefore, there might be some information in some of these articles that can be difficult to understanding. If you are working with a mental health professional for PTSD, it may be a good idea to share what articles you find with them.
In the end, looking at current research on PTSD can be an exciting thing to do. Many people are surprised by how much research is currently being conducted on PTSD. We are learning more and more about this disorder everyday, and seeing this can instill a sense of hope for and confidence in your recovery.