The PTSD Journal Privacy Policy

The PTSD Journal |’s Policy

The PTSD Journal |’s policy on our wholly controlled and operated Internet sites is to respect and protect the privacy of our users. The PTSD Journal | will never willfully disclose individually identifiable information about its visitors to any third party without first receiving that visitor’s permission. This policy statement tells you how we collect information from you and how we use it. Using the Internet should be a fun experience and we want to help you make it so.

The PTSD Journal | shares information about our users with advertisers, business partners, sponsors and other third parties. However, in most cases, we talk about our users in collective, not as individuals. For example, we will say The PTSD Journal |’s audience is x percent females and y percent males. This data is used to customize The PTSD Journal | content and advertising for our users.

There are events where The PTSD Journal | may ask you for personal information such as your name or address. We do this when you register for promotions or services that need registration or subscription (for example, The PTSD Journal subscription). The PTSD Journal | needs to collect this information for verifying compliance with The PTSD Journal | policies as well as federal, state and local laws and/or for editorial and feedback solicitation purposes. When we intend to use your personal information, we tell you up front. This way you can decide whether you want to give us the information or not. For example, we may want to send you materials via e-mail or regular mail at your request. In case you change your mind or some personal information may change (such as your marital status), we will endeavor to provide a way to correct, update or remove the personal data you give us.


Currently we are using Google Analytics to analyze the audience of The PTSD Journal | website and improve our content. No personal information is collected from Google Analytics.


Upon your first visit to The PTSD Journal |, The PTSD Journal | sends a “cookie” to your computer. A cookie is a file that identifies you as a unique user. It stores personal preferences and user data. In no way does this tell us that you’re “Bob Smith.”

The PTSD Journal | has two primary uses for its cookies. First, we use them to specify unique preferences. For example, in The PTSD Journal |’s News Channel, users can specify keywords across several news categories. This way you don’t have to tell us over and over again about the kinds of news stories you want to see. Secondly, we use cookies to track user trends and patterns. This helps us better understand and improve areas of the The PTSD Journal | service that our users find valuable. While both of these activities depend on the use of a “cookie,” visitors to The PTSD Journal | always have the option of disabling cookies via their browser preferences.

Most browsers are initially set up to accept cookies. You can reset your browser to refuse all cookies or indicate when a cookie is being sent. However, note that some parts of the The PTSD Journal | service may not function properly if you refuse cookies. For example, without cookies, you will not be able to set personalized news preferences.

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.


All blogs on The PTSD Journal website are written by people who are mental health enthusiast and not mental health professionals (ie, doctors, therapists, counselors, social workers, etc.). All bloggers have lived experience with their particular blog topic and share their personal insights and experiences. What is written on the blogs is not to be considered advice nor a substitute for seeking a personal mental health diagnosis and/or treatment from a doctor or a licensed mental health professional. DO NOT make any changes in your treatment based on what you read on The PTSD Journal blogs and/or website. Always discuss your treatment questions and concerns with your doctor or therapist before making any changes to your treatment.

VERY IMPORTANT: You should be aware that when you make a comment on the blogs or anywhere on The PTSD Journal website, everyone can read your comment and use its content. There is also a high likelihood that Google and other search engines can index that content in it’s entirety. So if you use your real name or put in your email address, this too will be available to the general public and likely visible in all search engines on the internet. That means anyone including, for example, relatives, friends, current or future employers, etc. might come across it if they do a search on you. The PTSD Journal is not responsible for any damages stemming from a comment you have made on the website.

When visitors leave comments on The PTSD Journal website we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.

If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Users cannot go back and edit blog comments nor remove them on their own. You can contact The PTSD Journal | and request that it be done. For various reasons, we cannot guarantee action on your request in a timely manner. In addition, just because the comment is removed from the The PTSD Journal website, it does not mean that it will not appear in other places such as internet search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing. In fact, there’s a high likelihood that it will remain on search engines and other places on the internet.

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.


Users should be aware that when you are on The PTSD Journal |, you could be directed to other sites that are beyond our control. There are links to other sites from The PTSD Journal | pages that take you outside our service. For example, if you “click” on a banner advertisement or a “referral link to another site”, the “click” takes you off The PTSD Journal | website. This includes links from some advertisers, site sponsors and partners that may use The PTSD Journal |’s logo as part of a co-branding agreement. These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website. Always be aware of where you end up!

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.


Please keep in mind that whenever you give out personal information online — for example, via The PTSD Journal Support Network bulletin boards, blogs or chat — that information can be collected and used by people you don’t know. While The PTSD Journal | strives to protect its user’s personal information and privacy, we cannot guarantee the security of any information you disclose online and you do so at your own risk.

The PTSD Journal |’s policy does not extend to anything that is inherent in the operation of the Internet, and therefore beyond The PTSD Journal |’s control, and is not to be applied in any manner contrary to applicable law or governmental regulation.

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

We reserve the right at our discretion to make changes to this policy at any time. Please check this page periodically for changes.

This statement discloses the privacy practices for the The PTSD Journal | Web site, and includes:

  • What information is gathered/tracked
  • How the information is used
  • Who the information is shared with

Questions regarding this statement should be directed to the The PTSD Journal | site coordinator at