U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

National Center for PTSD

The National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was created within the 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.

War in Iraq: Information

This section of the website contains the latest fact sheets and literature on the war in Iraq. Two important links from the site are, The Iraq War Clinican Guide, 2nd Edition and the VA Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom Seamless Transition website. For information on how the war may impact soldiers see: A Brief Primer on the Mental Health Impact of the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. For a list of resources available to returning soldiers and their families see our Veteran Resources sheet, Resources for U.S. Soldiers Returning from Deployment.

NEW: Two new guides on Returning from the War Zone: A Guide for Military Personnel and: A Guide for Families

Natural Disasters: Devastation Around the World

2005 was a year filled with horrid disasters that caused widespread major destruction. These disasters are responsible for taking many lives and leaving millions homeless. The NCPTSD sends support and sympathy to all those affected by these horrific events. For information on the psychological effects of natural disasters, see our section of disaster fact sheets. For donations to help survivors, contact services such as the American Red Cross, or see our Help Web Page.

NEW! SAMHSA interview with Dr. Matthew Friedman on PTSD in Disasters. (PC format presentation)

NEW! the SAMHSA supported Psychological First Aid Manual. This is a guide for first responders and mental health professionals to help survivors in the immediate aftermath of disaster and terrorism: to reduce initial distress, and to foster short and long-term adaptive functioning.

Click here for information specific to the disasterous effects of Hurricanes Rita and Katrina, including information on how you can help (see bottom of page).




Topics in PTSD

Contains fact sheets, articles, and online resources on topics related to traumatic stress.

For the Media

Information for media personnel: how to contact public affairs, PTSD experts, and more.


National Center for PTSD Publications

Review the National Center's Research Quarterlies, Clinical Quarterlies, a selection of full text articles by National Center staff and books located in the National Center for PTSD resource center.


Frequently Asked Questions

Contains the top 10 questions most frequently asked regarding information in this website.


Facts about PTSD

A complete list of fact sheets organized into the following categories: general information about PTSD, treatment, veterans, disasters, and specific topics.


PILOTS Database

Access information on how to use and search the PILOTS Database, the largest interdisciplinary index to the worldwide literature on traumatic stress, which contains over 22,000 abstracts.


PTSD Assessment

Access general information on assessment of PTSD or research instruments for PTSD.


About the National Center for PTSD

More about our mission and history, organization, annual report, and employment and training opportunities.


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The information on this Web site is presented for educational purposes only. It is not a substitute for informed medical advice or training. Do not use this information to diagnose or treat a mental health problem without consulting a qualified health or mental health care provider.

All information contained on these pages is in the public domain unless explicit notice is given to the contrary, and may be copied and distributed without restriction.

For more information call the PTSD Information Line at (802) 296-6300 or send email to ncptsd@ncptsd.org. This page was last updated on Mon Apr 17 13:26:26 2006.