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Overcoming trauma on your own time

Make peace with yourself through written exposure therapy for PTSD.
Detrauma is a series of guided writing prompts to help you tackle your trauma.

Trauma, grief, and post-traumatic stress disorder are common occurrences in post-conflict areas. Many casualties of war are civilians, and those who survive may still have recurring symptoms of anxiety, nightmares, fear, flashbacks, dissociation, and more. Although your country may be at peace now, it is unfortunately still normal for a war to happen in your mind.

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a complex disease with thousands of different symptom profiles. Its treatment, therefore, is highly individualized to the needs of each patient. Take a moment to think for yourself: what do I need right now? What am I feeling? How am I, really? Make a list. Take deep breaths.

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People experiencing mental distress from trauma are at risk for many concurrent issues: substance abuse, depression, poor health practices, poor social support. While NGOs try to alleviate trauma and provide mental health resources to post-conflict citizenries, the fact of the matter is that in many post conflict countries, there are very few doctors, and even fewer psychiatrists. Trauma is a public health issue. The United States has a myriad of confusing processes for post-conflict trauma, and no explicit procedure for treating it. In South Sudan there is one doctor for every 70,000 people. People wait in lines for years, they give up and try to move on with their lives without treatment.

The reality is, post-traumatic stress disorder cannot be swept under the rug. Trauma is a valid, salient part of many societies. It affects the way people socialize, the entire temperament of nations. Post-traumatic growth is possible, though, and with Detrauma, you can cater your treatment to your needs and abilities. It does not require a doctor, and you can do it at your own pace in your own language. Remember, you are not crazy, but for a period of your life, your situation was. Post-traumatic stress disorder is your body and mind trying to protect you from dangers that were at one point very real.

Don’t lose hope. We are here for you.

It’s time for Detrauma to remind you that you are now free from these threats. Doctors say that five, thirty-minute guided writing sessions are enough to sometimes permanently archive traumatic memories. It’s time for you to live freely.

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Stuck on a waiting list for therapy? Try this while you wait.

After trauma strikes, survivors often hear, “go get therapy!” But when they try, they’re put on a waiting list for weeks, months or even years. What can you do if you’re stuck on a long waiting list for trauma therapy, and can’t afford private PTSD treatments?

We developed Detrauma to make a highly-effective trauma therapy accessible to everyone who needs it. The five, 30-minute writing sessions help you tackle the traumatic memories that may be the root-cause of your distress.

Clinical studies show that Detrauma’s writing exercises relieve PTSD symptoms and are just as effective as face-to-face trauma-focused therapy. It’s affordable, private, and you can finish it in five days or five weeks. It won’t jeopardize your position on the therapy waiting list, and you can even bring your writing to your first therapy session to give your treatment a flying start. In the meantime, you can start healing and enjoying life again.

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How can I tackle PTSD on a tight budget?

Good trauma therapy can be transformational and liberating. Unfortunately, the high cost and a lack of insurance coverage put it out of reach for many.

Here are some alternatives to consider, depending on your budget.

$1,200 – Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE) 

Trauma therapy can cost $200 per session, and with recommended programs like Prolonged Exposure lasting twelve sessions, a course of therapy can cost thousands of dollars. Check your health insurance to see if you have coverage for psychotherapy like PE.

$20 per session – Yoga

The effects of trauma are felt in both the mind and the body, and yoga is recommended by top trauma expert, Bessel van der Kolk, to reduce these effects. If a $20 yoga class isn’t affordable or accessible, then look for free yoga classes on YouTube. Stick to a weekly yoga practice to really experience the positive results. 

$200 – Weighted Blanket

Can’t sleep? A weighted blanket can give your body a feeling of safety and calm, like a big hug. It can reduce the feeling of stress and anxiety at bedtime, common with PTSD, which can help you sleep better. 

$5.99 – Detrauma writing exercises 

Writing exercises can help you process traumatic memories and reduce symptoms of PTSD. You tackle one distressing traumatic memory during five, 30-minute writing sessions with Detrauma. Clinical research shows that Written Exposure is as effective as talk therapy for treating PTSD.

Are you tackling PTSD on a budget? Register for Detrauma now.

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6 reasons people can’t get therapy for PTSD

While more than half of Americans live through a traumatic event in their lifetimes, many don’t get help afterward. Why? Good trauma therapy can be difficult to access, even for those who want and need help.

Researchers at the University of Vienna have compiled a list of the top reasons people either can’t access mental health treatment after trauma:

  1. It’s too expensive
  2. They don’t have time for therapy
  3. They don’t know where or how to get help
  4. Therapy isn’t covered by their health insurance
  5. Barriers like language prevent them accessing therapy
  6. Their family or friends don’t support getting  therapy

How can you tackle post traumatic stress if you can’t get access to therapy? Written Exposure is a clinically proven alternative to talk therapy to address PTSD. You write in a private place, in your own language, and you can even burn your paper once you’re done. Research shows that these writing exercises are equally or more effective than face-to-face psychotherapy to tackle the symptoms of post traumatic stress. With Detrauma, you’ll get all five 30-minute writing sessions for just 5 bucks. 

Can’t access therapy for trauma or PTSD? Try Detrauma instead.

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PTSD therapy: 10 reasons people avoid it

While more than half of Americans live through a traumatic event in their lifetimes, many avoid PTSD therapy afterward. Are they just being stubborn or is it not right for everyone? 

Researchers at the University of Vienna have compiled a list of the top reasons people avoid getting mental health treatment after trauma:

  1. They want to solve their own problems
  2. They don’t believe in psychotherapy 
  3. People might think they’re weak 
  4. They don’t want to talk to a stranger about their feelings
  5. They don’t want others to know about their problems
  6. Talking about trauma is scary
  7. Therapy could damage their career
  8. They’ve had bad experiences with counselling before
  9. Their family or culture doesn’t encourage therapy
  10. They don’t trust the mental health system

Written Exposure as an Alternative PTSD Therapy

How can you tackle post traumatic stress if you don’t want to talk to a therapist? Written Exposure Therapy is a clinically proven alternative to address trauma. You write in a private place, in your own language, and you can even burn your paper after you’re done. Research shows that these writing exercises are equally or more effective than face-to-face psychotherapy to tackle the symptoms of post traumatic stress. With Detrauma, you’ll get all five 30-minute writing sessions for 5 dollars, without therapy. 

See also: 6 reasons people can’t get therapy for PTSD.

Not interested in talk therapy for trauma or PTSD? Try Detrauma instead.

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Why writing is a great tool to deal with traumatic memories

Writing is ideal for introverts.

Alone in a quiet space, an introvert can think clearly and focus on the task at hand. There are no distractions and no other people to interrupt your flow of thought. 

Writing is cheap.

Pencils and paper are cheap. With structured writing exercises like DeTrauma, you can tackle the distress of traumatic memories for just five bucks.