|How do I find a doctor?
A family doctor is a good place to begin, or a
hospital or clinic. You want a doctor experienced
with PTSD. The doctor might refer you to a
psychiatrist or psychologist, and maybe prescribe
a medication to help you in the meantime.
|How do I find a therapist?
There are so many kinds! A psychologist (M.A. or Ph.D. in Psych.) specializing in PTSD
would be good. You could get a referral from your doctor, hospital, or clinic. Sometimes a
friend can refer you. Try your Community Centre or Counseling Centre at school.
|Should I ask my
friends at work?
Bad idea, in my experience.
People will hear about it -
who needs the gossip!
Also, when the boss finds
out, you will become a "difficult"
employee. No matter if you're
the best and you've been there
the longest, employers want
happy, healthy employees.
Try to keep up appearances
as long as possible.
|What does a therapist do?
The first time, the therapist will try to get to know
you and your background. Some people are
disappointed if the first session is only about that.
Nothing scary happens, not that I've ever heard
about anyway. During this first interview, you will find
out if you are comfortable with this therapist - if not,
please try to get another as soon as possible.
|How is PTSD treated?
With medication and therapy. more