US government agencies have created an app for mobile devices that aims to help patients with posttraumatic stress disorder. Image of "PTSD Coach" mobile application.
Support for veterans and other patients with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may be as close as a mobile device, thanks to a new app created by the Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Center for PTSD and the Department of Defense’s National Center for Telehealth and Technology.
The PTSD Coach app is available for free and provides users with validated information about PTSD and its treatment, interactive tools for self-assessment and managing symptoms,and links to services when urgent care is needed. The app is not intended to replace care by a qualified clinician, but rather to be a usefuladjunct to traditional care, according to its developers.
Among the symptom management tools are ones designed to aid anger management or to facilitate relaxation. Such features can be customized with users’ own photos or music. More information about the app and where it can be downloaded are available online (http://tinyurl.com/3cxyrz8).
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Article from: Journal of the American Medical Association, August 24/31, 2011 - Vol 306, No. 8