Apps

Breathe2Relax – Designed to reduce stress and anxiety, this management program teaches breathing exercises. It also helps with controlling anger and stabilizing mood. The developers believe that the app can be beneficial as a standalone practice, or in combination with other therapies.

Optimism – This self-tracking tool is useful for those dealing with: PTSD, anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder. Users create their own customizable plan for wellness where they can chart the coping mechanisms they employ in daily life. That process can help detect mood patterns and identify triggers.

SAM (Self-help for Anxiety Management) – Users are given the ability to note their triggers and record their anxiety levels. There are 25 options for self-help included in the program. These suggestions will provide ways for users to better cope with their anxiety. And, there is a social cloud attached to the app that will allow users to share their experiences anonymously.

IntelliCare – Funded by the National Institutes of Health, this collection of apps includes the IntelliCare Hub and 12 other mini apps. It is designed to target symptoms of anxiety and depression. The mini apps include things like iCope (inspirational tidbits), Worry Knot (techniques to relieve worry), and Thought Challenger (reduction of negativity in thought processes).

MoodTune– Developed by mental health experts, this is more akin to a game than the previously described options. It is a training tool that uses task-based tricks to assist in the management of anxiety and depression. It took ten years of research to develop this app and its ability to provide tools for tracking and managing mental health maladies.

T2 Mood Tracker – It was developed by the Department of Defense National Center for Telehealth and Technology. As the name implies, this app is designed to allow users to track symptoms of stress, PTSD, depression, traumatic brain injury, and anxiety. It can be used to chart recovery and share the results with personal therapists.

eCBT Calm – Once again, cognitive behavioral therapy gets a nod through this app. It is jam packed with useful background information and step by step instructions. Users will benefit from its evaluation tools. They will learn to challenge their distorted thoughts and relax.

WhatsMyM3 – Based on a questionnaire style, this app will help ascertain where users stand. There is a three minute anxiety and depression screening and the app will record and store the scores. The questions assess status of PTSD, depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. The combined scores will reveal whether a mood disorder is having a significant impact on life. Then it will recommend actions for handling those results.

DBT Diary Card and Skills Coach – Marsha Linehan developed the therapy that supports this app, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). The app will remind users of therapy principles and self-help skills. It will also provide coaching to aid in coping strategies. It claims to assist in reinforcing the treatment provided by the user’s regular therapist.

Code Blue – Specifically designed for teenagers dealing with bullying and depression, this app includes a support group option. Users plug in the names and numbers of those people in their support group and when things are extra challenging, the user can press a button that will contact those support group members. There is also a GPS feature that will enable group members to locate the user in case of an emergency.

Mobile Therapy – Designed by a clinical psychologist, Dr. Margaret Morris, this app utilizes a “mood map.” Clients move a red dot around on the map to indicate the mood they are experiencing when the randomly timed map pops up on their phone. People utilizing the app can also chart: diet, sleep, and energy levels. The reduction of stress was the catalyst for this design, and the app will provide suggestions for breathing and relaxation exercises.

CBT MobilWork – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the basis for this app designed to aid people who are suffering from severe depression. The idea is to give them “homework” or small steps to survive inside of their depressive states. Each piece of completed homework will change the app to prompt the user to take the next step in the therapeutic process. Judy Callan is credited with its design, and she is hoping to adapt it to serve other areas of mental health needs including: eating disorders, anxiety, and phobias.

MindShift – This app was created with youth in mind, but can be employed by anyone dealing with anxiety. It was developed by Anxiety BC. The app teaches relaxation techniques and new thinking. It will also make suggestions for healthier behaviors and activities.

PTSD Coach – The PTSD Coach was created by the Department of Veteran Affairs for veterans and civilians struggling under the weight of PTSD symptomology. While this app will not diagnose PTSD it can help users track their symptoms and provide them with tools to manage them.

Positive Activity Jackpot – Focused on people burdened by depression, this app utilizes GPS technology and is only available on Android. The concept gets its basis from a behavioral health therapy technique known as pleasant event scheduling (PES). Users will be alerted to activities available in their area via GPS. It gives them something to look forward to during the tough days.