Post Tramatic Stress Disorder

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PTSD was originally recognised as an illness in war veterans, ‘shell-shock’ affected many soldiers returning from the front after World War 2.  However this disorder can be caused by any serious trauma that is either witnessed or experienced personally.  It’s causes can include assault, car accidents, serious illness, and natural disasters.  Often sufferers exhibit signs or depression or anxiety and are plagued with nightmares and feel emotionally numb even with those who used to be close to them.

For more information about PTSD please click here. 


Red Cross


PTSD Association of Canada

A non-profit organization dedicated to those who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) those at risk for PTSD, and those who care for traumatized individuals, as well as bringing together society at large to form an ocean of compassion, awareness, knowledge and tools necessary for recovery.

McMaster University Medical Centre - The Anxiety Disorders Clinic

Provides various treatments of anxiety disorders.

Call 905-521-5018 for more information.


St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton – The Anxiety Treatment and Research Clinic (ATRC)

Cognitive Processing Group Therapy

  • Evidence-based treatment for PTSD allowing participants to learn effective strategies for dealing with PTSD symptoms. 12 weekly treatment sessions with monthly booster sessions for continued support.

  • OHIP covered, must meet the diagnosis of PTSD or show a significant number of symptoms and have a formal referral to the program.

  • As this is a very emotionally triggering therapy, it may be suggested to complete dialectical behaviour therapy prior so coping strategies are in place during CPT.

Referral form can be downloaded here.

Call 905-522-1155 Ext 33697 for more information.


  • LOST, also known as Living Outside of Suffering and Trauma, is a peer led organisation that offers free services to mental health consumers.  These include regular drop-in peer support sessions, groups and talks for specific disorders, and Yoga.

L.O.S.T. is located at 148 Ottawa Street North.  You can reach them by calling Rebecca at 289-442-6428 or emailing at

Sexual Assault Centre of Hamilton (SACHA)

Individual Counselling & Advocacy / Group Counselling

  • If you have experienced sexual violence, including sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse or sexual harassment, at any time in your life, you are not alone. SACHA is here to help. You have access to 16 free counselling sessions and support groups.

  •  The 24-hr crisis line is great for support while waiting for counselling or groups to begin.

Call 905.525.4573 for more information and to get on the waiting list for counselling/support groups.

McMaster Children’s Hospital / Juravinski Hospital / General Hospital

Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Care Centre

  • The SA/DVCC provides specialized healthcare for children, adolescents, women, transgender persons, and men who have experienced sexual assault and/or domestic violence. The care is provided by specialized nurses

  • Victims of sexual assault ages 17 and under should present to the McMaster Children’s Hospital Emergency Department – serving children only
    Victims of sexual assault ages 18 and over must access through the emergency departments at Juravinski Hospital or Hamilton General Hospital

For follow-up medical care or to inquire about counselling services, please contact the business line at (905) 521 - 2100 ext. 73557.

Please see Anxiety and Depression for additional resources, as anxiety and depression are often symptoms from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Mood Disorders Anxiety Disorders Personality Disorders
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Schizophrenia Addiction
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Postpartum Mood Disorders Eating Disorders
Chronic Pain Suicide Prevention  


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