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How are you, really? Treat your PTSD now.

Living in a COVID world has only aggravated mental illness, especially for those who work in healthcare. Rising death rates, economic instability, and social isolation are all symptoms of a problem that healthcare professionals see day in and day out. Interacting with patients suffering physically and mentally, as well as those who can’t afford to cover their medical bills certainly makes things worse. And with social distancing as the norm, it is now more crucial than ever that alone time is enjoyed. For those who suffer from PTSD, that’s much easier said than done.

Getting Help

Certain cities have made efforts to expand counseling services with the emergence of the COVID-induced mental health crisis. Hospitals are noticing the psychological toll the crisis has had on their employees, and are advocating for preventative measures against the development of PTSD. But, all of these efforts may not be enough to help you with your specific concerns.

Waitlists, costs, and hectic work schedules all get in the way of getting help to treat PTSD. Online meetings with your therapist may not feel as private anymore with your family in the next room over. Maybe you’ve tried therapy and quit, because you felt that it just didn’t work for you. Or maybe you just don’t have the time, and what little time you do have you’d rather dedicate to relaxing. All of that is valid.

Maybe you just need something more personal and private, something you can work with on your own schedule — like an app.

Writing Exposure Therapy

Detrauma is a mobile app that walks users through Writing Exposure Therapy (WET), which is a highly effective method that can quickly deliver relief from PTSD symptoms. The app consists of five writing exercises that you can do on your own time in your own home. With the flexibility you need, complete privacy, and just a small time commitment, this app really is made for everyone.

Click on the button below to download the Detrauma app!

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About Detrauma

What is Detrauma for PTSD?

Detrauma is a mobile app designed to help you tackle the symptoms of post-traumatic stress. The app guides you through three key steps: measuring your symptoms, completing five, 30-minute writing exercises, and tracking your progress. Detrauma is based on Written Exposure Therapy, an evidence-based treatment developed by researchers at the National Center for PTSD.

1. Measure your PTSD symptoms

The Detrauma app starts with a PTSD symptom quiz, so you can see how much your symptoms improve after each of the five writing exercises.

Detrauma’s Quiz measures the severity of your current post-traumatic stress symptoms. The Quiz asks 20 questions about the level of distress you’ve experienced recently, related to a single traumatic event in your past.

The Quiz is based on the PCL-5 (PTSD Checklist-5), a self-report questionnaire developed by PTSD researchers to measure symptoms of PTSD. Clinicians and professionals use the PCL-5 to screen individuals for PTSD and to monitor symptom change throughout treatment. While a PTSD diagnosis can only be made by a professional, the Quiz can help you track your own symptoms and progress.

2. Write about your trauma for 30 minutes

In each session, Detrauma will guide you through a 30-minute writing exercise, which you will do with pen and paper in a quiet space without distractions. In each exercise, you will recall a single traumatic memory and write about it, in detail. Grammar and spelling aren’t important.

The writing exercises are based upon Written Exposure Therapy, which was developed by scientists at the National Center for PTSD as a trauma-focused alternative to talk therapy. Clinical research shows that WET is as effective in treating PTSD as Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), a ‘gold standard’ trauma therapy.

3. Track your progress

Following each of Detrauma’s five writing sessions, you will receive a personalized report to track your progress. The dashboard’s graphs and charts show you how your symptoms have improved since you started your Detrauma journey. We’ll give you customized tips to improve the effectiveness of each writing exercises to maximize your symptom relief.

You can decide to complete the five writing exercises in five days or five weeks. The important thing is to commit to a regular daily or weekly writing time in your schedule and follow through. Research shows that most people who fully engage in the writing sessions see their PTSD symptoms decrease significantly. Many WET participants no longer meet the diagnostic criteria for PTSD after just five writing sessions.

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Overcoming Barriers to Beating PTSD

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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About Trauma and PTSD

Will my PTSD ever go away?

A traumatic memory can be like an unwanted spam email that keeps clogging your inbox and getting in the way of your real life and work. You delete it, archive it, move it, mark it as spam, unsubscribe, but it just keeps popping up. When you try to open a different email, that means an old spam email pops up instead.  How can you get rid of it?

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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.