PTSD Coach app

An app created by the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), aimed at anyone with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD Coach Basic features

 

  • No in-app advertising
  • No internet needed
  • Data can be exported
  • Social networking options
  • No online community

What does the app do?

This app, designed for veterans and military service members, aims to support people who have been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The app is divided into 4 main sections:

  • Learn — provides users with information on what is PTSD and its treatment, the effects of PTSD on the family and getting professional help.
  • Track symptoms — comprises a series of questions (PTSD checklist) for screening symptoms. This can be completed on a regular basis to track symptoms. Based on self assessment scores, the app suggests ways of managing stress. Users are able to chart their scores over time and print or email the graph. 
  • Manage symptoms — has different tools to manage various PTSD-related symptoms such as guided imagery, audio-guided muscle relaxation and deep breathing exercises, coping skills for dealing with triggers, and tools to reduce isolation and manage anxiety/stress. Users can customize symptom management features including the use of music, pictures, and personal contact lists. 
  • Get support — provides users with options for direct access to multiple crisis resources, including a personalizable list of contacts imported from your mobile device, or links to find appropriate professional care. Note - the contact information is US-based.

For the complete app description, go to either iTunes (apple) or Google Play (android).

PROS ✔  CONS  ✘  
  • Is a useful self-help tool that allows users to independently monitor a range of symptoms commonly experienced by individuals exposed to trauma.
  • Has numerous, easy-to-read, commonly asked questions and answers about PTSD. 
  • Has many options for users to customize tools based on their preferences.
  • Contact information for crisis resources and professional care is US-based and not applicable to NZ users.
Date of this review: February 2017

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References

The following references relate to articles about apps for Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

  1. Possemato K, Kuhn E, Johnson EM, et al. Development and refinement of a clinician intervention to facilitate primary care patient use of the PTSD Coach app. Transl Behav Med. 2016 Feb 22.
  2. Miller CJ, McInnes DK, Stolzmann K, et al. Interest in Use of Technology for Healthcare Among Veterans Receiving Treatment for Mental Health. Telemed J E Health. 2016 Oct;22(10):847-854. Epub 2016 Mar 16.
  3. Price M, Kuhn E, Hoffman JE, Ruzek J, et al. Comparison of the PTSD Checklist (PCL) Administered via a Mobile Device Relative to a Paper Form. J Trauma Stress. 2015 Oct;28(5):480-3.