Military releases Android mental health app

By using the application each day, soldiers can give the people who are conducting treatment for them a better handle on their patterns of feelings and act accordingly.

The Department of Defense has released an Android app called the T2 Mood Tracker, which lets users track their moods over time.

Mood is a big research concern in the military. With so many of our warriors and heroes coming back from traumatic brain injuries, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, it is imperative we find better ways to monitor symptoms so tomorrow's veterans are all they can be.

The National Center for Telehealth and Technology (called T2) developed the app.

In a DoD press release psychologist Perry Bosmajian emphasized the fit-for-mission nature of the new app.

Each issue, like brain injury or PTSD, has 10 "affective anchors," descriptors which service members monitor and report on daily using slide bars. There's also room for text additions.

Anchors include things like measures of whether you're feeling worthless or valuable, tired or energetic and lonely or involved.

By using the application each day, soldiers can give the people who are conducting treatment for them a better handle on their patterns of feelings and act accordingly.

It's a free app, available at the Android store near you, and assuming it's open source (like Android) it could be of general use. Kids diagnosed with mood disorders like bipolar might really go for it.

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