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PTSD Coach Online Extends Reach of Award Winning Mobile App

October 3, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. - With the release of PTSD Coach Online, Veterans and anyone dealing with symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can now go to their desktop or laptop computers anytime for help. PTSD Coach Online extends the reach of the PTSD Coach mobile app’s groundbreaking symptom management tools, plus additional helpful tools, to those who do not have access to smartphones.

“The usefulness of the PTSD Coach mobile app is underscored by the fact that it already has been downloaded well over 100,000 times,” said Dr. Matthew J. Friedman, Executive Director of the National Center for PTSD, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. “With the release of PTSD Coach Online, we are ensuring that everyone who can access the Internet will have its valuable tools available to them and that no one will get left behind.” 

PTSD Coach Online is a suite of 17 tools designed to help people cope with sleep problems, trauma reminders, anxiety and other symptoms that can develop after trauma. It is the first publicly-available online self-help product developed by the VA’s National Center for PTSD. PTSD Coach Online can be accessed at: www.ptsd.va.gov/apps/PTSDCoachOnline/default.htm. 

PTSD Coach Online was inspired by the award-winning PTSD Coach mobile app, which was jointly designed by the National Center for PTSD and the Department of Defense’s National Center for Telehealth and Technology. It includes versions of many of the tools that are found in the app, plus more. PTSD Coach Online also offers tools that can help its users look at “big picture” issues such as problem solving and goal setting. 

A unique feature of PTSD Coach Online is the inclusion of videos from therapists—called “coaches”—who provide introductions for each tool of PTSD Coach Online. They also offer video help throughout each tool. 

PTSD Coach Online can help with symptom management, problem solving, and skill building.  It is not, however, a substitute for professional mental health treatment and care. As with the PTSD Coach mobile app, PTSD Coach Online is primarily designed to enhance services for individuals who are already receiving mental health care.

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