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Researchers at Lewis-McChord build smart phone app to help monitor ptsd, brain injuries

Post by Adam Ashton / The News Tribune on Oct. 29, 2010 at 12:10 pm |
October 29, 2010 12:10 pm

The Defense Department this week put a spotlight on the T2 Mood Tracker, a new smart phone application developed at Joint Base Lewis McChord to help soldiers and veterans track their emotions.

It’s a tool that’s intended to help service members monitor their own moods so they can report their findings to therapists, or create routines to address common responses to combat, like post traumatic stress.

“The very first question a doctor or a therapist asks is ‘How have you been doing since I saw you last?’ Everything that follows is based on that answer,” said Perry Bosmajian, the psychologist who pitched the idea for the mood tracker and worked with a team of engineers to craft it. “With this, it’s all documented, how you’re feeling.”

We’re publishing a feature on the device and the program that spawned it this weekend. It was created by the National Center for Telehealth and Technology, a 3-year-old program housed at Lewis-McChord. The center is working on a mix of new smart phone applications it plans to release in the months ahead as it tries to find its reach soldiers and veterans where they spend their time – with their iPhones and Androids.

Also this week, the Defense Department issued a call for even more smart phone applications, including ones that could be used in combat.

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