As the world becomes more and more dependent upon mobile technology, mental health providers are delving into that world as well. They see the advent of mental health apps as a means of providing continued service for their patients. Some believe these apps will allow those who are unwilling, or unable, to engage in face to face therapy to receive the assistance they desperately need. Teenagers seem to be a prime target for these apps.
You would be surprised by the number of options available for people to get mental health help on their cell phones. In fact, we discovered one woman who offers hypnosis over the phone. While we are relatively certain she has not attained the best hypnosis certification in Florida and New York, we are still intrigued by the oddity of her offerings. However, we would recommend that you at least find a reputable source for such endeavors. But what about other mental health app options?
Five Mental Health Apps to Consider
Your emotional and mental health is not something to take lightly. If you feel like you cannot afford face to face therapy, or would simply prefer to explore your options, these five mental health apps are a good place to start:
- Code Blue- This is specifically geared towards teenagers suffering from bullying and/or depression. Conceptually, a support group will be created and with a few clicks they can be notified that the teen is in need of assistance. There’s even a GPS type capability to let users know where to find the teen in case of an emergency.
- Breathe2Relax- Designed for those dealing with anxiety, this app will lead the user through breathing strategies to help him/her calm down when anxiety strikes. It is supposed to aid in the reduction of anger and stress, and to help stabilize one’s moods.
- PTSD Coach– Developed for veterans and civilians suffering from PTSD symptoms, this app has an initial assessment to determine the frequency and severity of symptoms over time. The Department of Veteran Affairs created it, and though it will not diagnose PTSD it offers strategies to help manage those symptoms. Learn more.
- SAM (Self-help for Anxiety Management)- Those who choose to utilize this app will be able to keep track of what triggers their anxiety and the severity of those experiences. There are an additional 25 help options to aid users in coping with their anxiety, and users can anonymously share their experiences within the app’s cloud.
- Optimism- Self-tracking is utilized here for the purpose of monitoring bi-polar disorder, depression, PTSD, and anxiety. Patterns can be detected to identify triggers so that mood and behaviors can be better coped with. The program allows for charting of coping mechanisms in hopes of being better prepared to understand what is needed for optimum mental health functionality.
There are additional apps that you might want to take a look at. We did not include them in our top five lists because these apps come with a nice price tag. While mental health is certainly not something to skimp out on financially, your funds might be better invested in face to face therapeutic assistance (read this). However, if you are interested, here are the other apps available:
- Big White Wall
Feel free to read more on this topic. It is definitely an interesting one in the world of mobile technology.…