Mental Health Apps

Focusing on your mental health can be made easier by having self-care at the tips of your fingers on your phone. There are many apps out there for both iPhone iOS and Android devices. The benefits of some of these apps makes it easy to prioritize mental health. When experiencing anxiety or depression, it can be difficult to ask for help right away. These apps can help you get a jump start on managing your wellness. If you are seeing a professional to address mental health concerns, these apps can also come in handy between sessions. Some of these apps help you track your mood/symptoms—something that can be shown to the professional during sessions. There are a wide array of apps out there to help with your mental health.

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Here are a few apps we’ve found related to mental health, particularly anxiety and depression. All of these apps are free for download and available to iPhone iOS and Android!

SAM: Self Help for Anxiety Management

This app allows users to track and record their anxiety level and identify triggers. It also suggests self-help options for users cope with the physical and mental symptoms of anxiety. There’s an option to build a personalized anxiety toolkit.

Breathe2Relax

Designed to assist with stress by educating users on breathing exercises. While it might sound trivial, breathing can go a long way in stabilizing mood and managing anxiety.

MoodTools

This app provides education about risk factors, treatment, and depression symptoms. There’s also a thought diary (good to show to work on between therapy sessions to show to the therapist) and safety plan as well as guides to meditation.

MindShift

This app I meant for adolescents, teens, and young adults working to manage their symptoms of anxiety. In the app, there are specific lists of suggested coping strategies meant for the different types of anxiety. It also helps users track symptoms and progress.

T2 Mood Tracker

This app helps users track emotional changes. This app could be used to report changes between sessions to a mental health professional. Useful for people with symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Pacifica

This app helps those with anxiety and stress and mood disorders. It also teaches deep breathing and other therapeutic techniques and exercises to replace negative ways of thinking with positive ones. This app makes it easy to personalize the help you need and is meant to be used in conjunction with therapy, rather than a substitute.

This information came from Psychiatry Advisor and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America websites. Check out these apps and let us know what you think.

Do you have any apps that help you manage your mental health. We’d love to know in the comments below!

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