About Trauma and PTSD Overcoming Barriers to Beating PTSD

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.

Barriers to PTSD treatment

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.