Welcome to Empire State College’s Trauma and Stress management web site. The purpose of this site is to provide you with basic and up to date information, along with extensive resources related to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), acute stress disorder (ASD), and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Whatever your reasons for visiting this space, we hope you will find it useful and informative. Please feel free to provide your comments, give us feedback, use the blog, link with other people,  and find the resources or answers you need.

As a student, faculty member, professional, support staff, or a person looking for information on PTSD, ASD, or TBI, you could easily spend hours in the library or researching information online. The challenge is sifting through volumes and volumes of information on these topics. We have worked to you with current foundational information in one location  along with easy to understand links and resources.

This site has six sections accessible by clicking the tabs below:

Definitions - Provides basic information about psychological and physical trauma and specifics about the three trauma-related disorders of  ASD, PTSD, and TBI. While there is an emphasis about how combat veterans are affected, nearly all of the information is readily applicable to police officers, firefighters, EMTs, and others who have witnessed or were directly affected by trauma.

Understanding – Focuses on detailed descriptions of symptoms  and timelines for identifying and diagnosing ASD, PTSD, and TBI. There is also information about disruptive behavior and how to address the behavior of people affected by trauma.

Treatment – Describes various forms of treatment and  treatment methods, including psychotherapy, medication, adjunctive therapies, self help strategies, peer support groups, recovery, and how to evaluate whether a chosen method is working.

Trauma and Co-occurring Disorders - Describes the risk for developing additional disorders that commonly impact people affected by trauma, such as chronic pain, substance use disorders, depression, anxiety disorders, and suicidal thinking. There is also discussion about the importance of treating any co-occurring disorders along with PTSD, TBI and ASD.

Seeking Help - Provides guidance and advice about when to seek professional help, the referral process, findings the right therapist who can help address trauma-related disorders, insurance issues that may arise, and how to move beyond the trauma symptoms.

Resources – Offers a list of additional resources, including links to various professional and academic sources, including online databases, websites, videos, and RSS feeds. There are specifics regarding stress reduction demonstrations, stress reduction, coping strategies after trauma, and disruptive behavior in the classroom. There are links to other resources for individuals and family members.

You may use the highlighted tabs for each item to navigate the sequential modules.

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