Combat Stress? There's an App for That

Check this out. The Pentagon's effort to help troops manage the emotional strains of combat took another step into the 21st Century today with the rollout of the T2 Mood Tracker smartphone app.

Developed by the DoD's National Center for Telehealth and Technology, nicknamed T2, the app lets troops and loved ones record and monitor their emotional reactions to everything from combat to post-combat therapy and even the highs and lows of everyday life at home.

All of this has the potential to help therapists diagnose and treat stress related problems, according to a release put out today by the center.

“Therapists and physicians often have to rely on patient recall when trying to gather information about symptoms over the previous weeks or months. Research has shown that information collected after the fact, especially about mood, tends to be inaccurate.” said Dr. Perry Bosmajian, a psychologist with the National Center for Telehealth and Technology, known as T2. “This application can improve the quality of the treatments for the provider and the patient. The best record of an experience is when it’s recorded at the time and place it happens.”
The app is already available for smartphones using the Android operating system and T2 says it will be ready for iPhone users early next year. 

-- John Reed

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