We’re all about medical devices, from devices to seniors to taking care of any faulty devices that you have. However, another type of device that everyone has that can be a medical device, in its own way, is your phone or tablet. There are many apps out there for mental health. Whether you need therapy, meditation, mindfulness, or anything in-between, these apps are great for that.
Headspace is an app for mindfulness and meditation. While it does cost a bit every month, its benefits are immense. Headspace has many meditation sessions and mindfulness lessons to make you a master at it. Meditation and mindfulness can make it easy to relax and can relieve various mental health problems such as depression or anxiety.
BetterHelp is an app with licensed therapists who are ready to talk to you. A leader in online therapy, BetterHelp lets you connect to a licensed therapist and speak to them on your schedule. From texting to video chatting, you can communicate with a professional to get the help and the guidance you need. Being an online therapy app, it does cost some money, but in our opinion, it’s worth it.
If you’re a teen or you have a teen, and you or they are prone to suicidal thoughts, this app is for you. It’s an app that contacts your closest friends and family to tell them that you’re not okay, and you need help as soon as possible. It’s an app that anyone can use regardless of age. This app is free for iOS and Android.
This is an app for OCD patients, or those who have intense anxiety. It’s a $3.99 app for iOS that lets you write down your worries and it helps you find any triggers for them as well. It’s an app that allows you to reflect on your worries and determine which ones were meaningless.
This is an app that utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy, which is a common way for therapists to treat you. Cognitive behavioral therapy teaches people how to change their behaviors and their thoughts that are very self-defeating. What’s UP helps you keep track of any habits that are good and helps you learn how to break any problematic habits. It’s free for iOS and Android.
This is an app that is mainly for people who have bipolar disorder, but it can be used for anyone who is moody. eMoods lets you keep track of your moods and color codes them to how you feel. Knowing what your moods are and the circumstances of that day can help you identify any triggers that you may have.
This free app for iOS and Android is for those who want to accomplish a goal. From fitness to job-related goals, this app uses reminders and planning to help you grow as a person. Making your own goals can be a challenge, but with an accountability app, it’s possible for you to do so.
If you have PTSD, this is the app for you. Free for iOS and Android, this app is all about supporting you. From giving you resources on PTSD to giving you a customized experience, this app can help with any triggers or other issues you have relating to your trauma.
This app is free for both types, and is for those who have schizophrenia. Living with schizophrenia is a challenge, and those who have it can connect to others with similar issues thanks to this app. You can grow as a person and accomplish goals, too.
Calm is similar to Headspace, but is more focused on relaxing and sleeping. Besides meditation and mindfulness resources, it has sleep stories and calming music and white noise. Normally, being on your phone when you can’t sleep is a recipe for disaster, but apps like Calm can help you fall asleep much faster at night. It’s for iOS and Android for a monthly fee.
These are just a few apps that may be worth your time. In the past 10 years, how we handle mental health has been evolving thanks to apps, and we’re eager for the future.