Aye, aye, iOS: Navy selects Apple iPad for work on PTSD

Aye, aye, iOS: Navy selects Apple iPad for work on PTSD
One of the best ways to deal with crippling PTSD is to use biofeedback to understand and control how your body responds to stress. Now, The Office of Naval Research together with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, is sponsoring development of an Apple iPad app to help the volunteers testing the system better deal with stress.

Using the Apple iPad and a heart monitor that clips to your earlobe, the volunteer will play some games specifically designed to reduce stress. The whole program is based on a system used by warfighters to reduce stress. The work will be taking place at the Naval Center for Combat and Operational Stress Control in San Diego starting next month and the app is divided into four sections. "Know How," talks about stress and resilience and how to apply this knowledge to missions to reduce stress. "Techniques," deals with getting into peak mental and physiological condition in order to perform at peak condition. "Games;" lets them apply the knowledge that they have just obtained, and "Review," allows those in the program to track how the training has gone.

While undergoing this training, once the heart monitor starts making incoherent readings, it is a sign that the person being tested is under stress. Using tools like deep-breathing exercise or muscle relaxation, those training can learn what to do under real-life situations. And make no mistake about it. PTSD is a big deal as the military admits that 21 percent of its personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from PTSD, which  costs more than a billion dollars in lost productivity and treatment expenses.

source: MedicalExpress via TUAW

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32 Comments

1. BREvenson

Posts: 240; Member since: May 17, 2012

The Navy using Apple products for helping with PTSD...I think that is quite counterproductive. I know after dealing with an Apple product, I'd want to be counseled for PTSD. (yes, that's a little cruel...but as a former soldier, I understand the seriousness of the subject. I also have a sense of humor, so lighten up.)

2. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Your comment was highly offensive and uncalled for. There are some things I don't joke about, that one being included. No I will not lighten up.

11. BREvenson

Posts: 240; Member since: May 17, 2012

What a surprise that you'd be the first to step all over my remark...I guess asking people like you to lighten up is like asking a brick wall to take a hike; it's not going to happen. Now I guess I know how it feels, you and your ilk get flack for your constant pro-Apple and/or anti-Android comments, and I'm not invulnerable to criticism either. Though I think I do a better job not coming off as smug with my remarks...but that's just one guy's opinion.

3. Mxyzptlk unregistered

It won't be long before iPad becomes the new standard.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Mxy the iPad is the gold standard, and the platinum one too... It's the best there is.

15. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

inferiority of iOS is obvious:http://www.android.com/whatsnew/ iPad are like tablets from 1970....just iConboard, nothing else ;)

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Mmmmm hmmmmmm LMAOOOOO

19. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Yes of failure ... a path which market decides. Appl bribing their way into US establishment isn;t ruled out ... didn't G D Searle's CEO then (u know Donald Rumsfeld?) push Aspartame through FDA using his clout ? Grow up instead of being Doped 24X7 ...

5. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

the ipad is on airplanes, hospitals and now the Navy... it is still the king of tablets

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Schools, colleges, MLB, NFL, and NASA. The king indeed.

7. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Also used by apes in zoos. :)

8. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

Apes are smart animals..good one

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Very smart. With an advanced social order capable of making tools. Incredible animals.

12. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"With an advanced social order capable of making tools." Agree, I even have read that apes can innovate, differently from some other primates. :)

17. taikucing unregistered

Yes, indeed.. apes are very smart. If they can choose between the android & iOS, they will choose the android one. They know that iOS is just a boring icon launcher without widgets & fake multitasking. Unfortunately the zoo keepers only bring them the ipad. If they can speak human language, they will ask the zoo keepers: "bring me an android tablet and let me run ubuntu os in it and transfer music to my brain via NFC"

13. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Exactly and that's why apes use iPads in zoo. :)

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

"Also used by apes in zoos. :)" As I said its the best there is, the gold, and platinum standard, the king of the hill. Now run along, and be a good little droider and get lost.

28. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

The "best " at the time which HAS been left behind

27. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

.....After 10 minutes......, (SMASHES iPAD)

18. taikucing unregistered

not in Asia.. We, Asian people, know that the iPad & iPhone are just the overrated & overhyped products, nothing special. They are basically made in China hardware with apple logo on them. So the people who waste too much money to buy apple products actually don't buy the powerful hardwares, but they just buy the very overpriced Apple logo. We are not that stupid. We don't care about brands, we only care about performance to price ratio and features to price ratio. Android is the king here.

21. taikucing unregistered

I feel sorry and pity to people who buy Apple products. They were robbed, but they are not aware. The cost to build an ipad/iphone itself could probably be just a 1/4 of the actual price. Apple - arrogant money grabber

29. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

In my country schools also don't use Apple products.

30. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

"In my country schools also don't use Apple products." So!

20. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Lol and yet the market share falls :)

14. linkhatchet

Posts: 14; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

?...I like how everyone here is missing the point here, that this is about our soliders here that where trying to help, not some device that's better than the other..? It's a shame.

16. ilia1986 unregistered

And what if we GENUINELY believe that a person is better off using an Android product than an Apple product to control his\her stress levels? I owned an iPhone 4. I was a much much much more of an irritated and disturbed person before I sold it and bought the SGS3.

22. avin007

Posts: 139; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

I see here that anti-apple views are very much entertained....i mean why???.....how much is android different from ios...people are very much contented from gettin battery,wallpaper,ringtone apps but u know apple still has the upper hand in terms of quality apps and android is trynna catch up......ok now there u go in 3.2.1, let all vote downs begin

24. ilia1986 unregistered

It's simple. Apple is tyranny, Android is freedom. It really IS that simple. This isn't just some stupid fanboy war here ala PS3 vs Xbox360 or Toyota Vs Honda or Verizon vs AT&T. It's a struggle in the consumer electronics industry over HOW will our future look - locked up and controlled or open and free.

26. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Dude hush, you love fanboy flame wars

25. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

The same gov't that spends a hundred dollars for a simple screwdriver is embracing the iPad? Makes perfect sense. Hey, on another note, I wonder how much Apple fans darrkkjedi, mxy and g-king get for every post they place on Phone arena?

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