A New PTSD App Helps You Breathe

App Creator, Brick Thornton

It takes all kinds of books, people, programs, actions and — apps to gain control over your PTSD experience. Everything you try is one step closer to finding relief.

I believe healing is cumulative, so even when one thing doesn’t seem like it’s helped that much (as some of the information processing therapies seemed when I used them), you just don’t know what subconscious effect is taking place that will set you up for real success from using a different technique (like when I finally found relief after hypnosis).

It’s good to try new things. It’s also very good for us that people are constantly developing new things for us to try.

For example: Brick Thornton. He had three uncles who served in Vietnam, one of whom has been severely affected by PTSD. Brick has created a tool that can be immensely beneficial for managing the debilitating effects of anxiety and stress brought on by PTSD.  BreathBuddy, a new iphone app, empowers users to tap into the powerful calming effects of conscious breathing.  Take a look at the details below and then…. take one step today to regain control over how you breathe.

BreathBuddy, a new iphone app just released this month, makes managing stress as easy as breathing in and breathing out.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — (June 21, 2011) — According to the latest statistics from the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately 30 million adults have an anxiety disorder.  Dozens of scientific studies have found that breathing exercises are an effective form of non-drug treatment for stress and anxiety.  BreathBuddy, exclusively for the iphone and ipod touch, takes the guesswork out of breathwork by guiding users through simple breathing exercises.

“In my personal yoga therapy sessions, I’m able to help my clients tune into the breath to relax and focus, but they weren’t empowered to bring the practice home and sustain the benefits.  BreathBuddy put their very own personal breath coach right in their pocket.”  says App creator and Yoga Therapist Brick Thornton.

BreathBuddy learns your natural breathing rate with a specially designed algorithm, then coaches you through breathing exercises that are customized to bring maximal results.  Each session gradually improves your breath rate, and BreathBuddy gives you instant feedback and charts your progress.

The National Center for PTSD, in accordance with the US Department of Veterans Affairs explains:
“Breathing retraining is a skill that helps you relax. When people become anxious or scared, their breathing often changes. Learning how to control your breathing can help in the short-term to manage immediate distress.”

BreathBuddy is now available on the Apple App Store.  To download or for more information, see www.breath-buddy.com.


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