Texas A&M is trying to develop an app to help veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), KBTX reports.
The app, which researchers in several colleges within A&M contributed to, works in conjunction with devices such as heart rate monitors and fitness trackers. This enables the app to both monitor heart rate and alert the user if he or she is experiencing physiological changes.
By alerting users to these changes, the app lets people know they are experiencing PTSD symptoms while simultaneously sharing information with the wearer’s doctor. This allows the user to try to manage the current symptoms while providing medical professionals with reliable data.
Dr. Farzan Sasangohar of A&M’s Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering said, “Even if we can save on life, that’s what’s motivating me, waking up in the morning, working on these technologies.”
A&M’s app is user-friendly and supportive. It not only alerts the user of symptoms, but also provides the user with suggestions on managing the symptoms and working through the attack.
Suggestions could include breathing exercises, calling a friend, or information to a help line, depending on the severity of the symptoms.
“It intervenes by asking a question: ‘How do you feel?’ Based on that answer, it connects them to some sort of support system,” said Dr. Sasangohar.
This provides a support system that people struggling with PTSD can carry in their hands.
The app will begin testing soon.