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Bust PTSD aims to help users manage symptoms of PTSD. Upon opening the app, users are asked to indicate the intensity and frequency of PTSD symptoms. Users are then prompted to listen to a 15 minute audio introduction to the Bust PTSD app. Main audio tracks range from 20 to 35 minutes in length, and provide guided grounding and sensation recognition exercises. The app also provides symptom tracking graphs to help users identify their own patterns, as well as to monitor the effectiveness of the audiotracks in reducing symptoms of PTSD. The audio tracks also contain several folk suggestions such as the importance of lavender smell to obtain beneficial effects. The cost of the app and the use of unsupported suggestions raises questions about the effectiveness of this app.

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Credibility

Overall Score: 2.14/5.00

Overall Score: 6/14

Research Base: 0/3
Research Funding: 0/2
Proposed Intervention: 3/3
Consumer Ratings: 1/3
Clinical Input in Development: 1/1
Software Support: 1/2

Date of Rating: May 2018


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User Experience

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Transparency

Overall Score: Unacceptable

Overall Score: Unacceptable
Does the app have a privacy policy?: No/Can’t Tell
Does the policy describe the information storage and sharing procedures related to user entered information OR state that user information is stored locally?: No/Can’t Tell
Does the app provide the option of a pin entry or log-in process to view and enter user data?: No/Can’t Tell
Does the privacy policy state that the app/server encrypts the entered data OR state that user information is stored locally?: No/Can’t Tell
Does the privacy policy state whether or not users can delete entered information OR state that user information is stored locally?: No/Can’t Tell
Does the privacy policy state whether or not users can edit entered information OR state that user information is stored locally?: No/Can’t Tell


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More Information

Available For: Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch; Requires Android 4.0 and up.
Developer: CCEI Psychotherapy And Research Inc.
Type of Treatment: Cognitive Behavioral Principles, Symptom Tracking/Self-Monitoring
Targeted Conditions: PTSD
Target Audience: Adults, Adults (especially military personnel)
Designed to be used in conjunction with a healthcare provider: No, but recommended
Cost: $69.99 on Google Play Store, $89.99 on iTunes Store
Get it on: Google PlayiTunes

Research on this App

There is no direct scientific research on the effectiveness of Bust PTSD

Click the links below to learn more about the treatment types used in this app.
How Symptom Trackers Work
How Cognitive Behavioral Principles Work