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February 11, 2022

VA Launches New Healthcare Podcast

In January, the VA launched a new podcast: PTSD Bytes. Each week, host Pearl McGee-Vincent, a clinical psychologist from the VA National Center for PTSD, speaks with a different expert or innovator to discuss the different ways technology can help people with PTSD. The first episode highlights multiple mental health apps offered by the VA. The VA apps were “created to address symptoms of PTSD or related concerns,” although one does not need to have a PTSD diagnosis to utilize them. PTSD impacts 11-20% of Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans, 12% of Gulf War veterans, and 15% of Vietnam veterans. Those who experience sexual harassment or assault in the military (1 in 4 women and 1 in 100 men) also experience prolonged traumatic stress. The podcast and VA applications are a fresh additional resource for those who experience PTSD or PTSD-like symptoms. Although the podcast and apps are not a replacement for treatment, they are a convenient way to supplement treatment and help with self-care.