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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Coping

Coping skills, relaxation exercises, and other strategies for managing anxiety and stress associated with PTSD.
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Increasing the Effectiveness of Behavioral Activation
Behavioral activation is an excellent way of breaking down avoidance and isolation, reducing your risk for depression. Behavioral activation has also been found to benefit people with a diagnosis of PTSD. Learn more about how to improve the effectiveness of behavioral activation in this article.

Increasing Self-Compassion in PTSD
Many people with PTSD struggle with self-compassion. They may blame themselves for their symptoms or have additional negative thoughts about themselves. It can be very difficult to increase self-compassion; however, this article presents some things you can do that may be helpful in fostering self-compassion.

How to Cope with Flooding, Tornadoes and Natural Disasters
Encounters with flooding and tornadoes can result in high levels of anger, sadness, anxiety, and stress. Further, flooding can be very difficult to cope with. This article presents some information on how to cope with flooding.

Five Easy Steps for Successful Problem-Solving
The symptoms of PTSD can interfere with coping; therefore, if you have PTSD, it may be important to learn effective ways of problem-solving. Learn the five steps in effective problem-solving.

Common Cognitive-Behavioral Coping Strategies
Cognitive-behavioral coping strategies can be effective for addressing a wide range of symptoms, such as depression, anxiety, and unpleasant thoughts. Learn more about some common cognitive-behavioral coping strategies in this article.

Setting and Managing Goals
It is very important to set goals in your life. They can be motivating and give your life direction and purpose. However, goals can also be overwhelming and stressful. Learn how to set and approach goals in a way that they will be less overwhelming and stressful in this article.

How to Manage and Cope with Obstacles in Life
Life stress is unavoidable, and life stress can come from many different sources. Life stress and the emotions that it brings up can become barriers to living the life that we want to live. This article presents some information on how to manage these barriers.

Understanding and Coping with Depression
PTSD and depression frequently co-occur. In and of themselves, the symptoms of depression can be very difficult to manage. However, they may be even more difficult to cope with when you are already attempting to deal with symptoms of PTSD. Fortunately, there are a number of coping skills that may be helpful in managing the symptoms of...

How Did You Cope with a Natural Disaster?
Natural disasters are traumatic events that have a high potential to place you at risk for developing PTSD. Therefore, how you cope with a natural disaster plays an incredibly important role in your long-term adjustment following a natural disaster. If you have experienced a natural disaster, share with other readers what coping strategies you...

Changing Your Life by Changing Your Behaviors
A major part of changing your life when you have PTSD is by replacing your unhealthy behaviors with healthier behaviors. This is easier said than done, especially when you are experiencing high levels of anxiety or unpleasant thoughts. This article takes you through some strategies that can help you change your behavior for the better, which may...

Coping Skills for Reducing Your Self-Injury
Self-injury is defined as the deliberate and direct destruction or alteration of body tissue without suicidal intent, but resulting in injury severe enough for tissue damage to occur. PTSD and self-injury frequently co-occur. It is thought that people use self-injury as a way of managing and intense emotional experiences, such as shame,...

Self-Injury - Stopping Self-Injury
Many people with PTSD engage in self-injury as a way of managing their emotions. Stopping this behavior can be very difficult. Have you been successful in stopping your self-injury? If so, share with other readers how you accomplished this. What coping skills did you find helpful? Your response may help someone finally stop their self-injury.

Coping with Natural Disasters
The devastation and stress associated with natural disasters can put people at risk for developing post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). If you have been exposed to a natural disaster, it is important to identify ways of coping. This article presents some ways of managing stress associated with exposure to a natural disaster.

Choosing the Right Self-Help Book for You
You may have noticed that there are many self-help books available for people with PTSD. How do you choose which is the right one for you? In choosing a self-help book, you have to be careful. This article presents some information on what to look out for in choosing a self-help book for PTSD.

When and How to Practice Your New Coping Skills
There are a number of healthy coping skills for anxiety and stress. However, some of these coping skills take practice for them to work well. If you are just learning some new coping skills for anxiety and stress, when is the best time to practice them? Learn some tips on how to best cement your new anxiety coping skills in this article.

Memory Problems - Dealing with Memory Problems
Many people with PTSD experience memory problems. How have you coped with your memory problems. Share with other readers the coping skills that have worked for you.

Learn Ways to Improve Your Memory
Many people with PTSD may experience difficulties concentrating or have problems with their memory. In fact, memory and concentration problems are considered symptoms of PTSD. Learn some ways to improve your memory, attention, and concentration.

Using Consequence Modification to Reduce Impulsive Behaviors
Learn more about the skill of consequence modification and how it can be helpful in reducing impulsive behaviors.

Coping with Sleep Problems
Many people with PTSD experience sleep problems. This article presents some tips on how to improve your sleep.

Managing Impulsive Behaviors
Learn some ways of managing unhealthy impulsive behaviors.

Ways of Coping with Upsetting Thoughts and Memories
It is very common for someone with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to frequently experience distressing thoughts and memories connected to their traumatic event; therefore, it is very important for the person with PTSD to learn healthy ways of coping with upsetting thoughts and memories. A number of different coping strategies that may help you better manage your thoughts and memories are p…

Do a Chain Analysis to Change Problem Behaviors
Learn how to do a chain analysis to change problem behaviors.

Improve Your Self-Esteem Through Self-Supportive Statements
Learn how to improve your self-esteem by catching and challenging negative self-focused thoughts and using self-supportive statements.

Using a Positive Self-Statement Log to Recognize Your Daily Accomplishments
When people are feeling down or stressed out, it can be hard to always recognize the positive things you have accomplished. Learn about one way to get in touch with the goals that you have met in your day.

Managing Alcohol Use in Social Situations When You Have PTSD
People with PTSD are at much higher risk for abusing alcohol; therefore, it is important that people with PTSD develop healthy coping skills for managing alcohol use when theya re in social situations. This article provides some tips on how to manage your alcohol use during high risk situations.

Catching and Changing Negative Thoughts
Changing negative thoughts can be an important skill to have because how you evaluate and think can affect your mood. Learn how to identify and address unhealthy thoughts, and in doing so, improve your mood.

Developing A Safety Plan
If you have PTSD, then you know that you can experience PTSD symptoms at any time. Therefore, it is important to have a safety plan in place in order to respond quickly and effectively when these PTSD symptoms occur.

Coping with Thoughts of Suicide
Many people with PTSD have experienced thoughts of ending their own life. When you experience suicidal thoughts, it is important to address them immediately. Learn some ways to cope with these thoughts.

Ways of Reducing Avoidance Behaviors
Avoidance is very common among people with PTSD. Learn some ways of reducing your avoidance of thoughts, memories, and situations.

How Do I Cope with Thoughts of Suicide?
Thoughts of suicide are common among people with PTSD. Learn how to cope with and respond to these thoughts and stay safe.

Seeking out Social Support
People with PTSD can benefit greatly from having social support. However, in seeking out and establishing social support, there are certain qualities to look for. Learn about some of these qualities here.

How Can I Go About Finding Social Support?
Finding social support can be a very difficult thing to do. So, where can social support be found and how can it be established?

Get More Active in Your Life!
When people feel down, they may be less likely to do the things they enjoy in life or lose track of their goals. Behavioral activation is a simple way of getting back in touch with those things you find enjoyable and pleasurable.

Make the Decision to Change a Behavior
People with PTSD may develop behaviors that appear useful in the short-run but in the long-run are actually harmful or detrimental to the person's well-being. So, how do you identify whether a behavior you are engaging in is good or bad? You can determine this by evaluating the short- and long-term pros and cons of a behavior.

Bullying - Overcoming Bullying
Being the victim of bullying can have a tremendous negative impact on a person's life, and in some severe cases, it may even be considered a traumatic event. Were you a victim of bullying? How did you cope with and overcome the effects of bullying?

Depression - Coping with Depression
Many people with PTSD struggle with depression, and the symptoms of depression can be incredibly difficult to cope with. However, there are healthy coping strategies available that reduce the symptoms of depression. Have you experienced and overcome depression? Share with other readers how you were able to successfully overcome the symptoms of...

Headaches - Coping with Headaches
There is some evidence that people with PTSD may be more likely to suffer from headaches. Do you have PTSD and headaches? What relaxation skills have you found to be helpful for your headaches?

Managing Stress When You Have PTSD
As you might expect, people with posttraumatic stress disorder experience very high levels of stress. Stress is a word that people use all the time, and it is something we all have. So, what is stress? Learn more about stress and how to manage it effectively in this article.

How to Manage Stress in a Healthy Way: An Overview
Many people with PTSD struggle with high levels of stress. This article provides information on a number of different strategies that you can use to better manage stress in your life.

Skills for Increasing Your Positive Emotions
Learn some ways of increasing positive emotions when you have PTSD.

Using Yoga to Cope with PTSD Symptoms
There is some emerging evidence that yoga may be beneficial for people with PTSD. Learn more about how yoga can help reduce PTSD symptoms in this article.

Ways of Improving Self-Care When You Have PTSD
Learn healthy coping skills focused on increasing your self-care in this article.

The Problems With Service Dogs, the ADA, and PTSD
Under the ADA, service dogs are often mislabeled as "emotional support animals" - an act with tremendous legal and emotional consequences for people with PTSD.

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