Resources and Mobile Applications

Fact Sheets

Patient Support

  • PTSD 101 Infographic

    A one-page visual handout with details on the definition, causes, symptoms, statistics, and treatments of PTSD

  • PTSD Whiteboard Videos

    Short animated videos that patients can watch to learn about PTSD and effective treatments

Websites

  • Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health (CESAMH)

    To collaboratively address issues related to PTSD and TBI, CESAMH’s mission is to understand the neurobiological mechanisms of responses to trauma and develop and disseminate novel, effective treatments

  • National Center for PTSD

    Center focused on advancing the clinical care and social welfare of Veterans and others who have experienced trauma, or who have PTSD, through research, education, and training in the science, diagnosis, and treatment of PTSD and stress-related disorders

    • PTSD Consultation Program

      Program that offers education, training, information, consultation and other resources to non-VA health professionals, primarily but not exclusively, for those who treat Veterans with PTSD outside of the VA system

    • Clinicians Guide to Medications for PTSD

      Website developed by the National Center for PTSD that serves as a basic clinician’s guide to medications for PTSD in accordance with clinical practice guidelines
  • National Intrepid Center of Excellence

    Center focused on improving the lives of patients and families impacted by TBI through excellence and innovation

  • National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) – PTSD Page

    Page provides information on PTSD, NIMH serves as the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders and aims to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through this research

Mobile Applications

    National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2) Mobile Applications

    A variety of apps that supports providers working with patients with PTSD and other conditions:

    • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Coach

      Designed for service members, veterans and others to use along with face-to-face treatment with a mental health provider in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

    • Breathe2Relax

      A portable stress management tool. Breathe2Relax is a hands-on diaphragmatic breathing exercise. Breathing exercises have been documented to decrease the body’s ‘fight-or-flight’ (stress) response, and help with mood stabilization, anger control, and anxiety management.

    • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) Coach

      A mobile application for individuals participating in cognitive processing therapy (CPT), an evidence-based psychotherapy for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

    • Dream EZ

      Based on a proven nightmare treatment called imagery rehearsal therapy (IRT), the Dream EZ app assists users as they 'rewrite' the script of their nightmares to reduce the frequency and intensity of the dreams and improve sleep. This app is intended to support face-to-face treatment with a health provider.

    • Life Armor

      Touch-screen technology allows the user to browse information on 17 topics, including sleep, depression, relationship issues, and post-traumatic stress. Brief self-assessments help the user measure and track symptoms, and tools are available to assist with managing specific problems.

    • Mindfulness Coach

      Created to introduce the concept of mindfully focusing attention and to facilitate the acquisition of the skill through practice.

    • Prolonged Exposure (PE) Coach

      The first mobile app designed to support the tasks associated with prolonged exposure treatment for PTSD. Providing hip-pocket access to the necessary tools for successful PE participation, the app includes audio recording capability for easy playback after sessions; tools to support patient tasks between sessions; and visual displays of symptom reduction over time.

    • Provider Resilience

      Gives health care providers tools to guard against burnout and compassion fatigue as they help service members, veterans, and their families.

    • PTSD Coach

      Mobile application to help individuals learn about and manage symptoms that often occur after trauma, designed to be used along with professional medical treatment; also available in an online version

    • T2 Mood Tracker

      Mobile application that allows individuals to monitor and track emotional health

    • Tactical Breathing Trainer

      An app that can be used to gain control over physiological and psychological responses to stress.

    • Virtual Hope Box

      A smartphone application designed for use by patients and their behavioral health providers as an accessory to treatment. The Virtual Hope Box contains simple tools to help patients with coping, relaxation, distraction, and positive thinking.

  • National Center for PTSD Apps

    Apps created by the National Center for PTSD and their collaborators for providers who treat people who have been through trauma. They are not intended to replace needed professional care. Available for Apple and Android devices.