In the last few years, we have seen an increase in self-helping digital tools. Mental health apps are booming app stores. They range from platforms involving general mental health to a specific mental illness. As many of us use to download different fitness apps for the health of our body, it is of no surprise that we are also beginning to use apps for our minds as well.
The search in this field is fairly limited but recent studies have shown mental health apps to be effective. In current times when healthcare is becoming more and more costly, these digital self-helping mobile apps are becoming increasingly popular among the general population.
Smart mental health innovations:
Nowadays all we have to do is go online and find a variety of information on mental health issues. But there are some downsides to it. The sheer volume of information is sometimes overwhelming and sometimes confusing. Also, how would a person know what solution is right for his/her needs? For example, if I am suffering from anxiety (aren’t we all!) and I go online, there would be thousands of results with different views and solutions to control this condition but the proper solution for me will be really hard to find. This is because each person has a unique personality. Yes, you are unique, your anxiety or depression is unique too! Smart health apps actually help a person find their closest match by a variety of methods in less amount of time.
Which apps to use?
Okay so I will be as honest with you as I can, I have no idea how many apps are there in the app store for mental health and wellbeing, probably more than enough. It’s not really hard to find them, that I do know. There are apps related to anxiety, depression, meditation, mood management, stress management, and even crisis management. Some of the apps I have personally used are:
Now there are many more apps that might be suited to your personality but these are the ones I have tried and found pretty useful for mental health.
Any pros? Any cons? Let’s see:
The fact that an app is present for one problem does not mean it is effective or there are no hidden costs. Sometimes the simplest solutions could be most effective. For example, an app that connects you to a real therapist would be quite effective and hassle-free. But if you are not comfortable yet to share your feeling to another person, apps can come in handy to act a medium to control and help achieve a better state of mental health till a person is ready to go into therapy, if needed.
Mental health apps will also need to store your personal data and its security, your privacy, is of utmost importance. Unless you are convinced that your data is being stored properly and will be destroyed on request, always be cautious using these apps.
While mental health apps and technology holds a lot of promise, it also gives rise to other issues that need to be addressed. With time these issues are being addressed and more innovations will completely change the way we think about therapy.