By US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
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PTSD Coach was designed for Veterans and military Service Members who have, or may have, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This app provides users with education about PTSD, information about professional care, a self-assessment for PTSD, opportunities to find support, and tools that can help users manage the stresses of daily life with PTSD. Tools range from relaxation skills and positive self-talk to anger management and other common self-help strategies. Users can customize tools based on their preferences and can integrate their own contacts, photos, and music. This app can be used by people who are in treatment as well as those who are not. PTSD Coach was created by VA’s National Center for PTSD and DoD’s National Center for Telehealth & Technology.
What's New in Version 1.0.1
Bug fixes and additional accessibility refinements.
Great for those with PTSD!
The application is designed for individuals suffering from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and those interested in learning about it. It eloquently provides information about PTSD, contains a self assessment tool, as well as information about treatment.
The learning tool includes a definition and causes of PTSD, prevalence, risk factors and treatment modalities. The assessment tool contains 17 questions that describes common symptoms and contains a rating program. The assessment can be repeated, and the severity of symptoms can be plotted on a graph to show the evolution of distress. The management tool asks, "What's Wrong" (reminded of trauma, avoiding triggers, disconnected from people or reality, sad & hopeless, worried & anxious, angry, unable to sleep). For each problem area, the person is asked to rate the level of distress using a rating scale and provides tools such as progressive muscle relaxation, tips to help falling asleep, positive imagery, and reminders to distract oneself. Finally, the find support tools offers phone numbers and links to various organization.
I'm a counselor who hopes to use this app with clients suffering from the symptoms of PTSD,. This app is a wonderful tool to assist clients in receiving support, grounding, and reducing their anxiety. Even those without overt PTSD symptoms could benefit from the relaxation techniques offered in this app.
My only current problem with the app is technical. Sometimes when cycling through the tools on the manage stress area the screen will freeze and not allow you to access any other tools. The only fix I've found is to reinstall the app which would force you to re-enter the setup process. Hopefully this small bug will be fixed in an update. Otherwise it is a wonderful app and worth the download despite the bug.
More care and support that the entire VA system
This app is what the VA should be using to help vets. Their current system is a total failure and that failure leads to dead vets. This app makes self evaluation and tracking a breeze. The VA's staff makes the problems worst. The exact people who should care don't care. Example: VA psychiatrist doing PTSD exam "Were you in combat?" Me, "I was in the AF and ....". She closed her notebook and the interview was over. As if the AF wasn't part of the war. After 2 years in-country here was a VA professional discounting my service.
Great app and no value judgements. A better way to evaluate PTSD than by flesh and blood idiots.
- Category: Health & Fitness
- Updated: Apr 13, 2011
- Version: 1.0.1
- Size: 27.1 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
- © 2011 Department of Veterans Affairs
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.