It has become a common refrain, “There is an app for that.” It was just a matter of time before anxiety apps and other types of mental health apps were developed. It’s quite common for individuals with an anxiety disorder to have some form or depression, or vice versa. Almost one-half are diagnosed with both. Therefore, today we explore both depression and anxiety apps that have come to market.
Prevalence of Anxiety
There are a variety of anxiety disorders. Together they are one of the most common mental disorders in America, affecting around 18.1 percent or about 40 million of the adult population.
Top Anxiety Apps
Acupressure: Heal Yourself
Acupressure involves applying pressure to certain points of the body for stress relief. This anxiety app directs you to pressure points that will reduce stress if messaged. Depending on your symptoms, the app directs you to the pressure points most likely to provide the best results.
Stress management techniques have always gone along with anxiety management because stress often exacerbates anxiety. This anxiety app implements self-hypnosis to help decrease stress. Each lesson is 90 minutes long.
This anxiety app is made to assist the Inner Balance Sensor. The sensor attaches to your earlobe and your device. Once hooked up, the app monitors heart rhythms. It then helps you control your physical manifestations of anxiety. Eventually, you learn to manage your heart rhythms. Its goal is to help you find calm during episodes of stress.
Prevalence of Depression
In 2015, about 16.1 million American adults (aged 18 or older) had at least one major depressive episode within the past year. This incredibly large number translates to 6.7 percent of all U.S. adults.
Top Depression Apps
This app has numerous tools to help you with mood improvement. Some of these tools include: activities to immediately boost your mood, a thought checker, and a mood journal. As you track your moods, this app allows you to look at your mood history to identify specific times of vulnerability.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is one therapeutic tool for reshaping your thought processes to help manage your depression. This app can monitor your moods with tests that inform you of the severity of your current mood. Once it does so, it provides alternative ways of framing your thinking patterns.
Positive Activity Jackpot
It’s easier to isolate when you are depressed. Therefore, this app provides nearby activities that will help you break your inclination to stay isolated. The app makes a game of activities that someone who is depressed may otherwise dread.
Try These Tech-y Tools
Like all technology, these apps may be a godsend for some, and ineffective for others. However, one must try them out before dismissing them. Hopefully, someone who’s had anxiety or depression will look back on this moment and say, “I don’t know how I coped before I used that great app.” If you do not suffer from anxiety or depression, you may know someone who has a disability and is looking for helpful apps specific to people with disabilities.