8 Apps for Anxiety and Depression That Can Help You Manage Your Mood
While smartphones are chock-full of effective health apps to track sleep, monitor your exercise, and remind you to stand every hour, finding apps that really help with your mental health can be harder—and sometimes meditation apps aren’t enough. Enter therapy apps and apps for anxiety and depression.
Approach these so-called therapy apps cautiously. “An app can only go so far in helping you boost your mood,” says registered psychologist Vanessa Lapointe, from British Columbia, Canada. “Most of our thoughts in a depressed or anxious state can be ultimately reduced to fears related to separation, loss, or disconnection. Which means that connection is an antidote to anxiety and depression.”
For that type of connection, a smartphone app—even if it’s presented as an app for anxiety or depression—may not be the ideal solution. (Learning how to find a therapist can help where depression apps can’t.) But that hasn’t stopped app developers from trying to create apps for depression and anxiety that can help in ways that a traditional therapist can’t—in fact, there are more than 10,000 mental health and therapy apps out there.
So how do you wade through the clutter and find therapy apps that can support the work of your therapist or help keep minor anxiety issues or signs of depression from spiraling out of control? Try some of these therapy apps (along with the types of therapy that most interest you) to help you manage your mental health.
Therapy apps for anxiety and depression
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