TEAM GINGER

TEAM GINGER

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Challenge: A tech companion to combat PTSD symptoms throughout her day

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Meet Ginger:

US Army Veteran, Ginger MacCutcheon, is a Registered Nurse and active veteran advocate. She struggles with PTSD and related physical injuries that make it difficult for her to function daily. As a result of Military Sexual Trauma, she finds herself hypervigilant, distrustful and irritable. The simplest tasks become overwhelming. This leads to depression and anxiety that further complicate my situation.

She was looking for some relief: to be able to get through each day with just a little less difficulty, to wake up in the morning to positive reinforcement instead of dread, and to not feel exhausted at the end of the day from struggling to mask her symptoms. A technological solution that provides coping mechanisms at the right moments to guide her through the day’s challenges will help her tremendously.

As she puts it, “participating in this program gives me hope. With a little help from those attempting to enhance my life would not only be an improvement for my current situation, it would also give me hope and drive to become more skillful at navigating through life.”

Meet the Team:

Jonathan Morgan (Balance Innovation and Design), Ben Forster (Acumen Solutions), Ginger McCutcheon (Veteran participant), Ralph Hoyt (Independent), Tim Graelis (Fisher House), Sherry Yelland (VA)  Not pictured: Claude Sutterlin (Acumen Solutions), Miranda Lemmer (Balwin Wallace University), Alex Kadis (Acumen Solutions)

Jonathan Morgan (Balance Innovation and Design), Ben Forster (Acumen Solutions), Ginger McCutcheon (Veteran participant), Ralph Hoyt (Independent), Tim Graelis (Fisher House), Sherry Yelland (VA)

Not pictured: Claude Sutterlin (Acumen Solutions), Miranda Lemmer (Balwin Wallace University), Alex Kadis (Acumen Solutions)

The Solution: DIGi

The Apple Watch and iPhone app called DIGi - designed for PTSD. The watch detects heart rate and notifies Ginger if she sustains an elevated heart rate, sending encouraging messages and directing her attention to slowing down the heart rate. It also uses geolocation to keep track of when she goes to new places and applauds her for doing so.

Ginger and DIGi are out and about going to new places, most recently to Columbus to speak to 1st Graders at Violet Elementary. In her own words, "this app it is fabulous and makes me feel fabulous!"