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Sleepopolis: PTSD and Sleep
This page offers information on how PTSD can affect your sleep, along with tips on how to manage this.


Trauma Resource Institute
The iChill app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod and iChill app for Android may be useful if you experience the following. Have you ever been so amped up you lost control? Or have you ever felt like all your energy has drained away and you just want to hide? Or been like some people who swing back and forth between extremes? These can be signs of stress or trauma, and they take a toll on relationships with family and friends, at work and school, and can make life miserable. The iChill app provides information on what happens in the nervous system when you are stressed or frightened. Additionally, iChill provides skills that can help you rebuild your natural resiliency. Practicing the skills may help you sleep better and live better.

Written by Laurie Leitch and Elaine Miller-Karas with Trauma Resource Institute.


12 Guidelines to use when seeking counseling
12 Guidelines to Use When Seeking Counseling for MST offers advice on phoning for your first appointment, the first session, subsequent sessions, group therapy, and provides other resources for healing.

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Choosing a Therapist
It can be a daunting task to begin looking for a therapist to assist in the journey of recovery from sexual assault. These guidelines may be helpful in selecting the right person for you.

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Help with Flashbacks
Flashbacks are memories of past traumas. They may take the form of pictures, sounds, smells, body sensations, feelings or the lack of them (numbness). Learn more about flashbacks, how to manage them, and how to heal.

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Start Your Recovery
Start Your Recovery is a free, confidential tool that helps individuals take steps towards a healthy relationship with drugs and alcohol. It was developed with the input of leading clinicians, experts from the White House and SAMHSA, and people in recovery themselves. Start Your Recovery offers relatable information for people who are dealing with substance use issues – and their family members, friends, and co-workers too.

Navigating the VA and Military Adjudication Systems

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How to request information from the VA
Links to relevant forms and advice.

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To Win a Claim for Military Sexual Trauma
Explains the legal requirements for submitting a successful MST claim and step-by-step guidelines on how to obtain the evidence you need.

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National Resource Directory
The National Resource Directory provides access to services and resources at the national, state and local levels to support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration. Visitors can find information on a variety of topics including benefits & compensation, education & training, employment, family & caregiver support, health, homeless assistance, housing, transportation & travel, volunteer opportunities and other services & resources.

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VA: National Center for PTSD
Learn about PTSD and how treatment can help.

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Swords to Plowshares: Self-Help Guides
Swords to Plowshares is a community-based, not-for-profit veteran service organization that provides wrap-around care to more than 2,000 veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area each year. Our Self-Help materials provide general information for all veterans. If you are a veteran seeking VA benefits, a discharge upgrade, or just getting copies of your military records, our comprehensive self-help materials may have the information you need.

Preparedness & Prevention

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National Resource Directory
The National Resource Directory provides access to services and resources at the national, state and local levels to support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration. Visitors can find information on a variety of topics including benefits & compensation, education & training, employment, family & caregiver support, health, homeless assistance, housing, transportation & travel, volunteer opportunities and other services & resources.

Start Your Recovery Logo
Start Your Recovery
Start Your Recovery is a free, confidential tool that helps individuals take steps towards a healthy relationship with drugs and alcohol. It was developed with the input of leading clinicians, experts from the White House and SAMHSA, and people in recovery themselves. Start Your Recovery offers relatable information for people who are dealing with substance use issues – and their family members, friends, and co-workers too.