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So what exactly are Mental Health Apps? And how do they work?

Mental Health

Apps have taken over our lives, from hourly reminders to drink water to commuting to even ordering food. But now apps have even delved into areas of mental health. You will find a hundred apps on mental health but most of these apps are designed by software developers instead of psychologists hence a risk of invalidity of scientific testing. Some of the apps could be useful to useless to even plain fraudulent by nature. So we have tested these apps and made sure what they are, for what they claim to be. Here are a few you can try and check for yourself if it works for you.

This app is curate by the National Centre for Telehealth & Technology to educate breathing exercises to manage stress. These breathing techniques can further be applied to individuals suffering from stress, anxiety, panic and post traumatic stress disorder. This app allows to be personalized to the user video demonstrations and even charts to map one’s personal progress.

  • Previdence

This allows its users to examine for symptoms of anxiety, depression, drug and alcohol problem, relationship problems and other problems and helps you then take the necessary next step of seeking professional help. It acts like an assessment too. The app is available to iPhone users only.

Targeted and designed for the youth but anyone can use it. It helps gain insight, teaches basic skills to manage symptoms. These skills can then be used for of worry, test anxiety, performance anxiety, anxiety disorders, specific phobias and even panic attacks and anxiety symptoms of OCD. The app is available for both Android and iPhone users.

This app teaches skills such as identifying, self-monitoring and changing unhealthy thought patterns. It also helps to engage in mood uplifting activities. It helps with depression, anger issues, anxiety disorders, etc.


  • Deep Sleep with Andrew Johnson

This app helps getting a good night’s rest. For individuals with anxiety, depression, sleep disorders etc who are unable to fall asleep; this app is for them. It features a warm, gentle voice to help guide its users through Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) session and then into sleep.

This app has huge database of medications that allows you to lookup for drug information, pill identification and drug interactions. The app is available for both Android and iPhone users.

  • DBT Diary Card and Skills Coach

This app is based on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) developed by psychologist Marsha Linehan. It features self-help skills and coaching tools for coping. Although this app is created by a therapist with years of experience it does not intended to replace professional help but to reinforce treatment.


That said, these apps must be used in collaboration to therapy and medications and not be relied on them solely for professional help. Remember, at the end of the day it is not a human and dependence on an app can stem to other major issues. Hence use it only with recommendations from your therapist or doctor as an adjunct to your therapy with a professional.

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