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My Trauma Recovery is a web-based program created to help users begin to resolve issues related to trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It offers information about PTSD, guidance for healthier coping methods, and resources for gaining support or seeking professional help. My Trauma Recovery asks each new user to complete a “self test” intended to highlight areas of current strength and weakness. It also lets users track their symptoms over time so that they can become aware of progress or obstacles in their recovery. However, this program does not appear to have been revised for some time, and users should be cautious when using programs without security updates.

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Overall Score: 1.45/5.00

Total score: 4/14

Basis of research: 0/3
Source of funding for the research: 0/2
Specificity of proposed intervention: 2/3
Number of consumer ratings: 1/3
Product advisory support:  1/1
Software support:  unknown

date of rating: June 2016

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Available for: Computers (PCs and Macs) and mobile devices
Developer: Blue Sun Inc.
Type of Treatment: Cognitive Behavioral Principles, Symptom Tracker
Targeted Conditions: PTSD
Target Audience: Adolescents and Adults
Designed to be used in conjunction with a healthcare professional: No, but recommended
Languages Available: English
Get it on: Online

Research on this App

The company has a research page covering the treatment method on which My Trauma Recovery is based (not research on the specific product) http://mytraumarecovery.com/about/theory-and-research/

Steinmetz SE, Benight CC, Bishop SL & James LE. (2012). My Disaster Recovery: a pilot randomized controlled trial of an Internet intervention. Anxiety Stress Coping, 25(5), 593–600. doi: 10.1080/10615806.2011.604869 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3311784/

  • Studied a variation of the product, My Disaster Recovery.
  • “Exploratory results from this pilot study show that the MDR website significantly reduced worry when compared to the information-only and usual care groups.”
  • “The aspects of the MDR website targeted at decreasing worry and possibly depressive symptoms may have been more relevant to participants’ needs, whereas aspects of the site targeted at decreasing posttraumatic symptoms were not as relevant.”

Chinese version:  Wang, Z., Wang, J. & Maercker, A. (2013). Chinese My Trauma Recovery, a Web-based intervention for traumatized persons in two parallel samples: randomized controlled trial. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 15(9). 10.2196/jmir.2690 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3815433/

  • “The [Chinese My Trauma Recovery] program showed significant effectiveness in reducing participants’ PTSD symptom severity during the one-month treatment/waiting period in the two samples. The program also produced significant improvement of other mental health outcomes (post-traumatic cognitive changes, functional impairment, and depression) after controlling time effects in the urban/unsupported sample by the applied design.”