6 Apps to Help With PTSD

by Jennifer Mitchell Wilson B.S. Dietetics, Dietitian, Health Professional

Post traumatic stress disorder isn't the easiest thing to talk about—or manage. However, it's also not something you can completely cope with on your own. These 6 apps each have features that can mentor, aid and even rehabilitate you.

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PTSD Coach

This app will educate you about PTSD and provide tools to help you manage symptoms and stress. If your symptoms go beyond the tools in the app, they'll also provide direct links to immediate help. Price: Free for iPhone and Android

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PTSD Free

Certified by The American Institute of Stress, this app is built to decrease PTSD symptoms with a one-touch instant relief. Through brainwave entertainment, this app can sense your stress and nip it in the bud before it takes flight. There is also a tool that helps resolve traumatic memories that fuel PTSD. Price: Free for iPhone and Android

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PTSD Checklist

This app will walk you through a self-assessment to determine if you have PTSD, and if so, which of the three main types of PTSD you have. By answering a series of 22 questions, this app will present your PTSD stats and allow you to submit them for a full analysis. Price: Free - only available for Android

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PTSD and Traumatic Stress - Anxiety Recovery Strategies

After downloading this app, you'll gain access to a 16 minute video discussing PTSD and traumatic stress - sharing with you important and often overlooked signs and symptoms of trauma. Aside from the video, this app provides audio programs that help to calm your mind and reset your nervous system. Price: Free for iPhone and Android

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What's Up

Using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Acceptance Commitment Therapy, this app will help you cope with depression, anxiety, anger, stress and more. Overcome negative thinking problems, learn metaphors to help you cope, keep a daily diary of feelings and symptoms, and so many more helpful features (too many to list)! Price: Free for iPhone and Android

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myBivy

Coming soon! This app, designed by the son of a veteran soldier, will help fight night terrors and provide a better sleep for those fighting them. The app will monitor heartbeat and movements to track symptoms and provide a sound or vibrate to disturb the terrors. Price: TBD - Coming soon!

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Jennifer Mitchell Wilson

Jennifer Mitchell Wilson is a dietitian and mother of three girls. Two of her children have dealt with acid reflux disease, food allergies, migraines, and asthma. She has a Bachelor of Science in dietetics from Harding University and has done graduate work in public health and nutrition through Eastern Kentucky University. In addition to writing for HealthCentral, she does patient consults and serves on the Board of Directors for the Pediatric Adolescent Gastroesophageal Reflux Association.