PTSD and TBI
AboutFace, National Center for PTSD – an online video gallery dedicated to Veterans talking about living with PTSD and how treatment turned their lives around. Meet men and women who speak candidly about PTSD symptoms, stigma, and the effects of PTSD on family and friends. AboutFace is for people who think they might have PTSD and want to explore what treatment is like. It’s also for family members who don't know what to do as they watch their loved ones struggle to recover from trauma, White River Junction, VT.
America's Heroes at Work – a U.S. Department of Labor project that addresses the employment challenges of returning service members and veterans living with TBI and PTSD, Washington, DC.
BrainLine.org – a national multimedia project offering information and resources about preventing, treating, and living with TBI. BrainLine includes a series of webcasts, an electronic newsletter, and an extensive outreach campaign in partnership with national organizations concerned about traumatic brain injury. BrainLine serves anyone whose life has been affected by TBI. That includes people with brain injury, their families, professionals in the field, and anyone else in a position to help prevent or ameliorate the toll of TBI. Through BrainLine, we seek to provide a sense of community, a place where people who care about TBI can go 24 hours a day for information, support, and ideas, Arlington, VA.
Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress – 1) develops and carries out research programs to extend our knowledge of the medical and psychiatric consequences of war, deployment, trauma, disaster and terrorism, including weapons of mass destruction; 2) educates and trains health care providers, leaders, individuals and public and private agencies on how to prevent, mitigate and respond to the negative consequences of war, deployment, traumatic events, disasters and terrorism; 3) consults with private and government agencies on medical care of trauma victims, their families and communities, and their recovery following traumatic events, disasters and terrorism; 4) maintains an archive on medical literature related to the health consequences of traumatic events, disasters and terrorism of individuals, families, organizations and communities; and 5) provides opportunities for post-doctoral training of medical scientists to respond to and research the health consequences of trauma, disaster and terrorism, Bethesda, MD. See Courage to Care collection.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Concussion and Mild TBI
TBI Data & Statistics
Traumatic Brain Injury in the United States: Fact Sheet
What are the Potential Effects of TBI
Reports & Fact Sheets
Severe Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic Brain Injury
Courage Beyond – provides confidential, no-cost or low-cost programs and services to military Americans and families facing post-traumatic stress disorder and other invisible wounds of military service. We empower service men and women and their loved ones through a supportive online community, anonymous forums, retreats, eGroups, and a 24-hour crisis line. We offer warriors and families face-to-face counseling services and support across the nation. Courage Beyond is part of Centerstone, the nation’s largest not-for-profit provider of community-based behavioral healthcare, Washington, DC.
Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center – assesses, serves active duty military, their beneficiaries, and veterans with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) through state-of-the-art clinical care, innovative clinical research initiatives and educational programs. DVBIC fulfills this mission through ongoing collaboration with military VA and civilian health partners, local communities, families and individuals with TBI, Washington, DC.
24 / 7 Outreach Center
Defense Centers of Excellence For Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury – assesses, validates, oversees and facilitates prevention, resilience, identification, treatment, outreach, rehabilitation, and reintegration programs for psychological health and traumatic brain injury to ensure the U.S. Department of Defense meets the needs of the nation's military communities, warriors and families, Rosslyn, VA.
Annual Reports (2009 and 2010)
National Center for Telehealth & Technology (T2)
Past Conferences (download presentations and other materials and watch videos)
Resources for TBI
Gift From Within – an international nonprofit organization dedicated to those who suffer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), those at risk for PTSD, and those who care for traumatized individuals. Educational materials include videotapes, art & poetry gallery, books and articles for both clinicians and those experiencing PTSD, Camden, ME.
Heads Up ~ Brain Injury Awareness and Heads Up ~ Concussion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – offers information to health care professionals, school professionals, sports coaches, parents, athletes, and others, Atlanta, GA.
Heads Up to Parents – developed through a grant to the CDC Foundation, from the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment, in support of the Heads Up program. Heads Up is a series of educational programs, developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that all have a common goal: to help protect people of all ages, especially children and teens, from concussions and other serious brain injuries. Initially, Heads Up materials addressed health care professionals and their important role in diagnosing and managing concussions. More recent Heads Up initiatives focus on sports programs and schools as key places to share messages that will help improve brain injury prevention, recognition, and response among children and teens, Atlanta, GA. Download App.
Healing Combat Trauma – therapeutic resources for veterans with combat-based-Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), focused on integrative medicine and hope.
National Center for PTSD – created within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in 1989, in response to a Congressional mandate to address the needs of veterans with military-related PTSD. Its mission was, and remains: To advance the clinical care and social welfare of America's veterans through research, education, and training in the science, diagnosis, and treatment of PTSD and stress-related disorders. This website is provided as an educational resource concerning PTSD and other enduring consequences of traumatic stress, for a variety of audiences, White River Junction, VT.
Increasing Effectiveness of PTSD Treatments – this online course addresses how to increase the effectiveness of evidence-based treatments for PTSD, particularly in difficult cases and situations. The author presents how to decide who is appropriate for evidence-based treatment using assessment. She discusses common barriers to effective delivery of PTSD treatment and provides solutions to overcome these barriers.
PTSD Coach Online – provides you with information on managing stress reactions and what to expect following a traumatic event. Most people experience some stress reactions such as nightmares, flashbacks, difficulty sleeping and feeling detached. Learn more on how to cope.
Web Links: Military Resources
Web Links: Self-Help and Treatment Resources
Where to Get Help for PTSD
National Center for Telehealth & Technology – our Nation's Warriors, Veterans and their Families will have improved lives through access to and use of tested interventions to prevent, treat and mitigate the adverse psychological health and TBI sequelae of war, Tacoma, WA and Silver Spring, MD.
National Intrepid Center of Excellence – a U.S. Department of Defense institute dedicated to providing cutting-edge evaluation, treatment planning, research and education for service members and their families dealing with the complex interactions of mild traumatic brain injury and psychological health conditions, Bethesda, MD.
The Naval Center for Combat & Operational Stress Control – is dedicated to the mental health and well-being of Navy and Marine Corps service members and their families. The major focus of the Center is to promote resilience and to investigate the best practices in the diagnoses and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). The Center is a program of the U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine & Surgery (BUMED). NCCOSC works to: build and preserve psychological resilience; provide service members, combat veterans and their families with educational programs to effectively address combat, operational and daily stress; reduce stigma in seeking mental-health treatments; and facilitate evidence-based research in psychological health, especially in relation to PTSD and TBI. All NCCOSC efforts are predicated on the importance of teaching Sailors, Marines and their family members to recognize and treat signs of stress before anyone is in crisis, San Diego, CA.
PILOTS (Published International Literature On Traumatic Stress) – the largest database of publications on PTSD.
Post Traumatic Stress Support Group, MDJunction.com – a community of patients, family members and friends dedicated to dealing with Post Traumatic Stress, together.
PTSD Alliance – a group of professional and advocacy organizations that have joined forces to provide educational resources to individuals diagnosed with PTSD and their loved ones; those at risk for developing PTSD; and medical, healthcare and other frontline professionals.
PTSD Tips & Tools, DART Center for Journalism & Trauma, New York, NY.
ResCare Premier – we are dedicated to assisting persons with acquired brain injury to reach their potential. We do this by providing the highest quality and most cost-effective post-acute, community-based residential rehabilitation and supported living services. We tailor these services to persons across a broad range of ages, acuities, behaviors, and resources, San Marcos, TX.
Traumatic Brain Injury, MayoClinic.
Traumatic Brain Injury Information, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
Women's Trauma Recovery Program – more than a decade ago, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, opened the WTRP. It is designed to treat women veterans with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). It is the first residential program of its kind and is open to women across the country. Many of the women who are referred to the program were sexually assaulted during their military service and suffer what it now referred to as Military Sexual Trauma (MST). The WTRP is an intensive 60-day residential program with a strong emphasis on interpersonal skills. The initial two weeks of treatment involve psychological and psychosocial assessments in order to develop comprehensive treatment plans. Women come into the program in classes, or cohorts, and work together to problem-solve, learn effective communication, and better manage their PTSD / MST symptoms, Menlo Park, CA.