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PTSD Help: With You When You Need It Most

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Access the National Center for PTSD website from your mobile device.

by Hans Petersen, VA Staff Writer
Thursday, May 9, 2013

More and more Veterans are using smart phones to access the Internet. To increase convenience and address this trend, VA has made it possible for Veterans to access posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) information in mobile-friendly formats: mobile-friendly website content, mobile self-help apps and “treatment companion” apps.

Mobile PTSD Website

You can now access the National Center for PTSD Website from your mobile device. This includes a page on Where to Get Help for PTSD and YouTube videos of Veterans who have lived with PTSD and therapists talking about PTSD treatment.

PTSD Coach Mobile App

VA’s “PTSD Coach” mobile app is here to help Veterans learn about and cope with the symptoms related to PTSD that commonly occur following trauma, such as reminders of the trauma, trouble sleeping, and anger.

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Quickly find Where to Get Help for PTSD.

The PTSD Coach app features include:

  • Reliable information on PTSD and treatments that work.
  • Tools for screening and tracking your symptoms.
  • Convenient, easy-to-use skills training to help you handle stress symptoms.
  • Direct links to support and help.
  • Always with you when you need it.

PTSD Coach has now been downloaded over 100,000 times in 74 countries around the world.

“Treatment Companion” Mobile Apps

To make PTSD treatment easier, different mobile apps called “treatment companion apps” have been developed.

These apps are for use between a patient and their health care provider. For example, to help with Prolonged Exposure (PE) therapy for PTSD, PE Coach is a treatment companion that helps Veterans and their therapists work through the treatment manual.

Together with professional medical treatment, PTSD Coach provides you dependable resources you can trust. If you have, or think you might have PTSD, this app is for you. Family and friends can also benefit from this app.

PTSD Coach was created by the VA’s National Center for PTSD and the DoD’s National Center for Telehealth and Technology.

NOTE: Posttraumatic stress disorder is a serious mental health condition that often requires professional evaluation and treatment. PTSD Coach is not intended to replace needed professional care.

 PTSD Coach has now been downloaded over 100,000 times in 74 countries around the world. 

And There’s More

New PTSD and trauma related mobile apps are coming soon, including an app for another PTSD treatment that can help: Cognitive Processing Therapy. You can sign up to receive VA’s PTSD Monthly Update to be notified as new apps become available.

Mobile products are also here for health care providers who care for those with PTSD. To make best PTSD treatment practices conveniently available to mental health care workers, the National Center for PTSD has created a professional mobile section, including audio podcasts of PTSD 101 courses.

Help Raise PTSD Awareness

VA is providing these apps and more material online to help increase understanding of what PTSD is and that there are PTSD treatments that can help. Here is some information to guide your efforts: PTSD Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Month

For information on VA’s Mental Health programs, start with the Guide to VA Mental Health Services for Veterans and Families. It’s intended for Veterans, Veteran family members, members of Veterans Services Organizations, and others interested in VA mental health care. You can use this handbook to learn what mental health services your local VA health care facility has for Veterans.