It seems that PTSD is tip of the iceberg for a number of other conditions, and a good entry point for getting people using the app to monitor themselves and flag any issues to a professional ahead of time. Just another layer of info, not necessarily the answer in itself.
Somewhere between 11 percent and 20 percent of veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars now have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD, according to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs VA. In light of these statistics, the VA has developed an iPhone app to help inform vets and others about PTSD.The app, called PTSD Coach, offers reliable information on PTSD and treatments right on a patients phone. The app offers tools to screen and track symptoms while offering direct links to help if a user needs it. The app also provides tips and easy-to-use skills to handle stress symptoms in the moment. While the app’s surveys and checklists are valid self-reporting measures, the app is intended for use in conjunction with professional care.