Mental Health Apps
At the peak of the digital age, our phones have become our best friends.
Applications can serve multiple functions such as scheduling our days, tracking our periods/ moods, shopping, etc. There are also a few unique apps to help us keep up with our mental health. Mental health is as important as physical health and wellness.
My aunt always told me never to give our sicknesses power over us. She advised me to give it a name to help me understand it. According to www.medicalnewstoday.com, “Approximately 48.3 million adults in the United States [face] a mental health condition each year, and 9.8 million of those are serious conditions that limit the activities of everyday life.” The article cites that, “Among U.S. adults aged 18-44, mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder are now the third most common reason for hospitalization.” Those numbers are serious, and something that we cannot ignore. Below are a few apps that help cognitive behaviors and monitor mental health.
Calm is available on both the Android and the iPhone. It was created to reduce anxiety one may feel throughout the day, helps improve sleep patterns, and help one to feel happier. It was voted as Apple’s “App of the Year,” a year ago. Within the app, there are breathing meditations and different types of music that help you to relax and ground yourself.
Next is Moodnotes. This app is sold on the iPhone for $3.99 and is a digital journal and mood diary. The app helps to track your feelings and helps improve how you think, or view, life. It is similar to writing in your notes app. Both practices help you learn what triggers your sadness, or other emotions. As stated on the Medical News Today website, “Moodnotes will provide suggestions and useful perspectives to reduce stress and enhance well being. Progress is viewable in the helpful insights dashboard.”
Lastly, Moodpath, is another free app. The app asks you daily questions to gauge the state of your well being. It attempts to analyze if you are susceptible to forms of depression. The screening process takes into account your thoughts, emotions, and feelings. Once you have reached two weeks, it creates a digital document. Bring the app up in your counseling session or to a healthcare professional. Medical News Today says it is substantial and beneficial. There are “150 videos and psychological exercises are available to help you understand your mood and strengthen your mental health.”