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A PTSD App for Your Smartphone

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Updated July 31, 2012

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Smartphones are everywhere, and there are thousands of apps available for download that can make your life easier, including a PTSD app. Believe it or not, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD and the Department of Defense's National Center for Telehealth and Technology has developed a smartphone app to help people with PTSD better manage their symptoms. The app is called the PTSD Coach.

The PTSD Coach app provides a number of resources that will be helpful for someone with a diagnosis of PTSD. For example, it allows users to monitor, assess, and track the severity of their PTSD symptoms. It also helps connect people with social support. The app also includes a wealth of information on PTSD, as well as guides users in how to cope with their PTSD symptoms in a healthy manner. You can also tailor the app for your specific needs.

A Ground-Breaking Development in the Management of PTSD

There are a number of effective treatments available for PTSD. However, these treatments are effective only to the extent that the people who need them most are able to receive them. Unfortunately, many people with PTSD, including military veterans, do not receive or have access to adequate PTSD care. This may be due to a number of reasons. For example, there may not be treatment providers with experience in treating PTSD available in certain areas. In addition, some people with PTSD may be hesitant to seek out care due to stigma, financial constraints, or other barriers to obtaining care (for instance, transportation difficulties or a physical disability).

Although the PTSD Coach is not a replacement for professional treatment, it may give someone with PTSD access to quality information on PTSD and how to manage its symptoms. In addition, even if you are currently receiving treatment for PTSD, the PTSD Coach can be an excellent complement to your treatment. It can help you practice PTSD coping skills outside of sessions with your therapist or assist you in monitoring your symptoms. By monitoring your symptoms from week to week, you can see how much progress you are making in reducing your PTSD symptoms.

Further, given that most people always keep their cell phone on them or close by, the PTSD Coach is always available to you when you need it most. Triggers for PTSD symptoms are everywhere and can easily catch you off-guard. The unexpected occurrence of PTSD symptoms can be particularly difficult to cope with. However, with the PTSD Coach, you can quickly have access to information on a number of different coping strategies that you can use to manage your symptoms, such as relaxation strategies or anger management techniques. It can also help you connect with support if you find yourself in a crisis situation.

Getting the PTSD Coach

The PTSD Coach is currently available for download from iTunes and Android Market, and best of all, the app is completely free. So far, the app has received very positive reviews.

If you have PTSD, you will want to check out the PTSD Coach app. If you have a loved one with PTSD, you may also find the PTSD Coach app helpful. Although it was primarily developed for people with PTSD, the information it provides can help you better understand a loved one's PTSD, as well as give you knowledge on how to help them best cope with their symptoms. That said, according to the National Center for PTSD, an app called the PTSD Family Coach is currently under development.

You can learn more about the PTSD Coach app from the National Center for PTSD.

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