An app created by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for anyone with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
|PTSD Coach||By US Department of Veteran Affairs|
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|Country of origin||United States|
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What does the app do?
The app has 4 sections in which users can learn about PTSD, find ways to manage it, track their symptoms and get further support. In the ‘manage’ section users are provided with a variety of tools and tips for coping with PTSD such a guided relaxation audio tracks and imagery exercises. To track symptoms, users complete a 20-question assessment on a regular basis. The app allows users to view their symptom scores in a graph, export their score, and set up reminders to take the assessment. For a more detailed description of the app, see Google Play or iTunes and for a detailed review, see Reviews.
|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.
✘ Contact information for crisis resources and professional care is US-based and not applicable to New Zealand users.
- April 2022; Version 3.4.2; Android
- November 2017; Version: 3.1; Android
Other useful resources
This app has been reviewed by other independent websites.
- PTSD Coach – A professional review One Mind PsyberGuide
U.S Department of Veteran Affairs website
Coulon SM, Monroe CM, West DS. A systematic, multi-domain review of mobile smartphone apps for evidence-based stress management. Am J Prev Med. 2016 Jul;51(1):95-105.
This app has been reviewed by other independent websites:
- PTSD Coach iMedical Apps
- Comparison of two PTSD apps: PTSD Coach and T2 Mood Tracker PsyberGuide
This US-based app has been adapted by other countries:
The following references relate to articles about apps for Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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