Invisible wounds of war: There’s an app for that?

When terrifying battlefield memories come rushing back, causing night sweats,…

When terrifying battlefield memories come rushing back, causing night sweats, flashbacks or a panic attack, some troops and vets now find comfort by reaching for their smartphones.

Using new-age technology to cope with age-old wounds of war, they tap into mobile phone applications, or “apps,” designed to help with post-traumatic stress and brain injuries.
“I’m not going to lie — when this came out, we sort of wanted to slam it,” a once skeptical Staff Sgt. Meg Krause said of her group of veteran friends.

“But it surprised us and has been a phenomenal tool,” said the 29-year-old reservist and medic, who has had counseling for post-traumatic stress disorder.

A half-dozen apps with names like “T2 MoodTracker,” ”PTSD Coach” and “Breathe2Relax” have been developed by the Pentagon and Veterans Affairs Department, but not to diagnose illness or replace psychiatric counseling. Rather, the apps offer at-your-fingertips information about what the military calls “invisible wounds” of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — and techniques for managing the symptoms.

Read the rest of Pauline Jelinek’s article from the Associated Press.

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