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The PTSD Alliance
Active from 2000 to 2006, the Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Alliance was a multi-disciplinary group of professional and advocacy organizations that joined forces to provide educational resources to
     •    medical and healthcare professionals
     •    individuals diagnosed with PTSD and their loved ones
     •    the general public
     •    the media.

The mission of the PTSD Alliance was to increase awareness and promote a better understanding of the prevalence, diagnosis, and treatment of PTSD.
The four national organizations that comprised the PTSD Alliance represent a spectrum of healthcare issues related to PTSD. Alliance members included
     •    Sidran Institute
     •    Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA)
     •    International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS)
     •    American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

Supported by an unrestricted education grant from Pfizer, Inc., the PTSD Alliance provided educational resources to
     •    medical and healthcare professionals
     •    at-risk individuals and their families
     •    individuals diagnosed with PTSD
     •    the general public
     •    general consumers
     •    medical and healthcare trade media


The PTSD Alliance Public Education Campaign was developed to raise awareness of PTSD to de-stigmatize the disorder and help people understand that recovery is possible through proper diagnosis and treatment.
     •    Key Messages of the Campaign
                   PTSD is a prevalent and serious health problem
                   PTSD is treatable
                   Education is key to understanding and effectively treating PTSD.

The Alliance mounted a website, which provided basic information, took requests for educational literature, and directed requests for resources to Sidran’s Help Desk. Central to the campaign was The PTSD Alliance Resource Center, which was accessible via toll free phone or web site. Consumers and professionals who called the automated toll-free number received a PTSD Alliance booklet free of charge and information on how to order consumer education materials, professional development programs, and other resources currently available from the four member organizations. 
Two booklets were developed for distribution, and are available here for download:
     •    Hope for Recovery: Understanding Posttraumatic Stress Disorder for survivors and family members
     •    Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Guide for the Frontline for professionals.

Hope for Recovery from PTSD - Video
by PTSD Alliance - Please Note: Involves dramatizations of individuals briefly describing interpersonal traumas, which may be upsetting for some individuals.


A wide range of professionals interact with people at risk for developing PTSD or who already have PTSD—diagnosed or not:

     •    Psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and other mental health professionals in various settings, including private practice, community hospitals and clinics, or public health agencies

     •    Primary care providers such as family and general practitioners, obstetrician/gynecologists and internists

     •    Nurses and physician assistants in private practice, clinics, public health agencies or emergency room settings

     •    Counselors who work in domestic violence shelters, rape crisis outreach, substance abuse programs or family service agencies

     •    Staff with advocacy and support groups for survivors of specific traumas

     •    Others in contact with people at risk such as:
            •    Emergency service personnel, such as police, firefighters or emergency   management technicians, or disaster relief workers who generally are the first to deal with those in life-threatening situations
            •    Clergy who counsel people in distress

Those on the frontline can facilitate the recovery process if they integrate the following as part of their routine practice:
     •    Learn to recognize and identify PTSD symptoms.

     •    Screen for signs of PTSD or past trauma through routine history-taking as part of a general health assessment.

     •    Explore the possibility of PTSD as an underlying problem when appropriate.

     •    Be familiar with local referral options for treatment and direct patients to appropriate referrals when merited.

     •    Offer support to patients and their families.

Special Role of Primary Care
The healthcare provider’s role in a primary care setting is important because people with PTSD often seek medical care for a range of healthcare problems for which past trauma may be the underlying cause. In many cases, the traumatic cause has not been recognized or associated with the aftereffects.

In addition, the prevalence of physical and sexual abuse among the general patient population seen in primary care and emergency room settings justifies a universal screening for trauma and PTSD as part of the history-taking process. Because PTSD often manifests with physiological as well as psychological symptoms, it is important that treatment be coordinated between the mental health and medical healthcare providers.


It can be very difficult to watch a loved one or good friend deal with the aftereffects of a traumatic event. Not only do family and friends worry, but their offers of help may be rejected. The affected person may seem distant or emotionally numb or may be struggling with other symptoms that are characteristic of PTSD. The PTSD Alliance encouraged family and friends to:
     •    Provide emotional support and listen.
     •    Be patient and have realistic expectations for recovery
     •    Take care of themselves
     •    Learn about PTSD
     •    Encourage the person to seek and continue treatment
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