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John D. Dingell VA Medical Center, Detroit, Michigan

 

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Team

PTSD can develop after a person experiences or witnesses a highly stressful or life-threatening event. Symptoms often include reliving the event, feeling keyed up, and avoidance/emotional numbing. It may occur in Veterans who served in combat, were Prisoners Of War, provided medical care for the injured and/or dying, were sexually assaulted or harassed during active military service or were involved in accidents during combat or training exercises.

How do I know if the PTSD Program right for me and how do I get connected to it? The program here at the Detroit VA Medical Center is designed to help Veterans who are struggling from symptoms of PTSD and who are able to manage their recovery on an outpatient basis. Your primary care provider or mental health provider must submit a consult to the PTSD program after which you will be invited to attend an orientation session and intake assessment.

What are my responsibilities?
You must be willing to come to your group and individual sessions on a regular basis over the course of 12 weeks. In order to be effective, you will need to talk openly about things that bother you and to search for different ways to approach your problems as well as practice new skills at home.

Is this program related to the approval process for PTSD service connection?
The PTSD Program provides assessment and treatment; it is not related to obtaining benefits. Please see a Veteran Service Officer for assistance with claims. You can also visit: http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/get_help_with_va.asp

For more information on PTSD and available treatments, please visit: http://www.ptsd.va.gov/ Location of Service in Medical Center:

The PTSD team is embedded in the Mental Health Department on the 7th floor of the blue section.

Contact information:

Dr. Michelle Sharp, Program Coordinator 313-576-1000, ext. 64988

Hours of Operation:

Monday, Wednesday- Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Tuesday 10:00 a.m. - 6:30p.m.

Contact Info

Location

  • Mental Health Department
    7th floor of the blue section

Contact Number(s)

  • 313-576-1000 Ext. 64988

Hours of Operation

  • Monday, Wednesday- Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m
    Tuesday 10:00 a.m. to 6:30p.m.