Cool App-titude: PTSD Coach

April 26, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

This free iPhone app provides information and tools for veterans and service members suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs, PTSD Coach is ideal for tracking symptoms, handling stress and finding help even when you're on the go. The app gives users information about professional care, commonly asked questions about the disorder and tips to manage stress in daily life. PTSD Coach allows users to personalize their mobile experience with contacts, photos and music. According to developers, the app can be used by people who are in treatment as well as those who are not. The app is free for download in the iTunes App Store. An Android version will be available in late Spring 2011 along with a PTSD Family Coach app coming soon. These sites are not affiliated with AFCEA or SIGNAL Magazine, and we are not responsible for the content or quality of the products offered. When visiting new websites, please use proper Internet security procedures.

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I have downloaded this APP. I have significant PTSD issues. I want someone to assure me that Federal funds weren't expended on this development. I won't go on, but it is evidently NOT the product of a carefully thought out approach.

Thomas J Delaney
USA (ret)

Thank you for your comment. I appreciate you sharing your experience with the app. While I do know that PTSD Coach was created by the VA's National Center for PTSD and the Defense Department's National Center for Telehealth & Technology, I'm not entirely sure where the funding comes from. An interesting question that I'll be sure to look into. Feel free to share with us if you found any apps that were helpful that we could feature in our column.

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