Mobile apps help vets cope with stress, mental health issues

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Mobile apps are opening up new ways for physicians to deliver health care services, including mental health and post-traumatic stress disorder.

The National Center for Telehealth and Technology is at the forefront of efforts to develop innovative technology to help military service members, veterans and their families cope with psychological health and traumatic brain injury issues. The center, known as T2, also delivers tested solutions — many of them mobile apps — to help improve the lives of patients wherever they are located.

"If we want to make a difference in health care we need to really reach the people where they are," said David Cooper, a clinical psychologist and lead for mobile applications with T2, a component center of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury.

Seeing a patient one or two hours a week is not always a sufficient amount of time to affect change with someone struggling with mental health issues, Cooper said. Mobile apps give for people and clinicians another option to interact and engage in activities to improve their condition.

For instance, T2 collaborated with the Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP), and the Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder to develop the PE Coach mobile app. Prolonged Exposure (PE) is a treatment used for PTSD patients that asks them to relive the events of a traumatic event in their imaginations. With PE Coach installed on their smartphones, patients can record therapy sessions.

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Monday, January 19, 2015
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Rutrell Yasin
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