Smart phone application helps track post-deployment emotional health

| October 28, 2010 | 0 Comments

U.S. Department of Defense,
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Public Affairs
News Release

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. — The Department of Defense announced the release of a free smart phone mobile application, Monday, that will make it easier for service members and veterans to track their emotional health after deployments.

The National Center for Telehealth and Technology developed the T2 Mood Tracker to help users monitor trends of emotions and behaviors from therapy, medication, daily experiences and changes in their environment, such as work and home.

“Therapists and physicians often have to rely on patient recall when trying to gather information about symptoms over the previous weeks or months,” said Perry Bosmajian, a psychologist with T2. “Research has shown that information collected after the fact, especially about mood, tends to be inaccurate. 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,” he added.

The T2 Mood Tracker can record emotional experiences from a few days to several months, to see results over time, and the information can also be shared with therapists and physicians to monitor a patient’s behavior throughout treatment.

The application is now available for smart phones using the Android operating system. It is expected to be available for iPhone users, early next year.

T2 is a component of the Defense Centers for Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury.

For more information about the T2 Mood Tracker click here, or contact 253-968-4880 or joseph.jimenez@amedd.army.mil.

 

Category: Army News Service, Health, News

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