PTSD Coach

PTSD Coach

iOS: available in the App Store

Android: available in the Play Store

PTSD Coach was designed for Veterans and military Servicemembers who have, or may have, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This app provides users with education about PTSD, information about professional care, a self-assessment for PTSD, opportunities to find support, and tools that can help users manage the stresses of daily life with PTSD. Tools range from relaxation skills and positive self-talk to anger management and other common self-help strategies. Users can customize tools based on their preferences and can integrate their own contacts, photos, and music. This app can be used by people who are in treatment as well as those who are not.

More details about this app can be found on the National Center for PTSD website.

iOS:  Hoffman, J.E., Wald, L.J., Kuhn, E., Greene, C., Ruzek, J.I., & Weingardt, K. (2011). PTSD Coach (Version 1.0). [Mobile application software]. Retrieved from

Android:  Hoffman, J.E., Wald, L.J., Kuhn, E., Greene, C., Ruzek, J.I., & Weingardt, K. (2011). PTSD Coach (Version 1.0). [Mobile application software]. Retrieved from

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Scientific Literature

Kuhn, E., Greene, C., Hoffman, J., Nguyen, T., Wald, L., Schmidt, J., Ramsey, K. M., & Ruzek, J. (2014). A preliminary evaluation of PTSD Coach, a Smartphone App for Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms. Military Medicine, 179(1), 12-18.

International Versions

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PTSD Coach Australia

Australian Department of Veterans Affairs

iOS version 1.01: Available Now!

Android version 1.02: Available Now!

PTSD Coach Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

iOS version 1.0.2: Available Now!

Android version 1.0.3: Available Now!