Depression is common among those who have PTSD. People with PTSD are 3 to 5 times more likely to have depression in those without PTSD.
Telling the difference between depression and PTSD can be difficult because many symptoms of depression overlap with the symptoms of PTSD.
For example, with both PTSD and depression, you may not feel pleasure or interest in things you used to enjoy. Both can also lead to feeling emotionally numb and detached, which can cause you to avoid other people. Find out more about depression and other common reactions after trauma.
There are many treatment options for PTSD. Treatment for PTSD can also improve your mood. You should be assessed by a healthcare professional who can decide whether you may benefit from additional treatment for depression.
One type of treatment for depression is Behavioral Activation. This treatment was developed in the 1970s for depressed mood and is safe and effective. It introduces new activities into your life, which are based on important values and personal goals, that helps create an increased sense of happiness and satisfaction.
Introducing Mood Coach
Mood Coach is an app for you to learn and practice Behavioral Activation. This app is designed to help you boost your mood by doing positive activities. You can make a plan with positive activities, rate and customize your activities, and track your progress.
This app provides:
- Scheduling of positive activities for your selected values
- An activity log for tracking your progress
- A daily mood rating tool
- Education about depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, and Behavioral Activation
- The PHQ-9 assessment for tracking symptoms of depression
Mood Coach can be used on its own by those who would like mood management tools, or to augment face-to-face care with a healthcare professional. It is not intended to replace therapy for those who need it.
Now available on iTunes (iOS). Coming soon for Android devices.
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