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PTSD? Smartphone Apps Can Help

July 26, 2011 | By: Robert | Comments ( 0 ) | Posted in: Health

Soldiers suffering the invisible wounds of war have a new weapon against post-traumatic stress disorder: smartphone applications.

 

The Pentagon and Veterans Affairs Department have developed applications with names such as "Breathe2Relax," "MoodTracker" and others to help soldiers manage their symptoms.

 

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The newest application, PTSD Coach, offers step-by-step directions to assist in muscle relaxation and breathing, self-assess and track their symptoms and mood changes, and offers a list of emotional support hotlines.

 

A few major symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder include:

 

  • Flashbacks to traumatic events, which may last for minutes or days

  • Disturbing dreams

  • Depression and emotional numbness

  • Irritability, shame, anger or guilt

  • Being easily frightened or shaken

  • Seeing or hearing things that aren't real

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    The Pentagon stresses that these applications are not intended to diagnose illness or replace counseling. Rather, they are tools designed to help soldiers manage their day-to-day symptoms.

     

    Learn more about mood disorders and health care coverage by visiting InsWeb's article: Mental Health, Depression and Health Insurance.

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