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TECH SPOTLIGHT: New app to track PTSD symptoms

New wearable app designed to beat PTSD

We have come a long way over the years in terms of using technology to better our lives and connect with each other. When we can connect technology with current diseases, ailments and sufferings to make the quality of someones life improve, I think we can say that we have just reached the tip of the iceberg of how we can make it work for us. Technology is amazing, isn’t it?

As we know, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is common among many of those who have served.  Veterans from all walks of life are suffering and we are hearing far too many stories of those who have chosen to end their lives because of it.  When will we find the solution to end this and what can be done to help end their suffering and pain? People are coming up with different ways to help those with PTSD get help, adjust, and cope with everyday life and are making a difference in these people’s lives with even the simplest of ideas.

Tyler J. Skluzacek’s father is an Iraq War veteran who has suffered from night terrors, which are associated with PTSD.  Tyler remembers his father going to war and coming home a very different person.  Because of this, Tyler created an smartwatch app to help veterans overcome PTSD and night terrors. There are currently 3.8 million veterans who suffer from PTSD and an app like this could be available to them with the simple click of an ‘install’ button.

The app is called myBivy and the name comes from the military term bivouac, which is a safe place to sleep. The app tracks the sleep patterns of the user and predicts the onset of the night terrors by monitoring the changes of the body. Once a change in body movement and heart rate is detected, the app will bring the user out of the deep sleep.

“After a couple weeks of tracking the soldier we can find the exact symptoms of the onset of the panic attack and try to use the watch or use the android phone to disrupt that or take them out of the deep sleep but keep them asleep,” said Skluzacek.

The user would have the option to track the results on the app themselves or they can send the results and statistics to their physician.

If you are interested in learning more, or donating to the Kickstarter fund, please click HERE.