Technology has certainly changed the way we interact with things around us. Although those changes are not entirely positive, one way to use technology to boost your mental and emotional wellbeing is by using apps. I’ve compiled a list of apps that I have recommended in my practice or my clients have recommended to others. You can find them in the Google Play Store, but I have summarized them below.
Beck Inventory offers inventories to test for two of the most common concerns: depression and anxiety. You can save the results for future reference or share them with your counselor and physician.
Dbt911 is an app which offers practical skills to manage emotions and stress as they happen. There is also a diary option which can be very helpful in your counseling work.
Deep Sleep with Andrew Johnson offers a variety of free and low-cost apps to help you relax and manage stress.
Depression CBT Self Help Guide is an app which offers depression screening tests, suggestions for how to think more positively, and audio options to help you relax.
Free Mediation – Take a Break is a voice-guided relaxation tool.
MidShift is an app that can help you relax and manage anxiety.
Operation Reach Out is a military suicide prevention app.
Positive Activity Jackpot is an app designed to help users manage depression and increase resilience.
Positive Thinking was created to motivate and inspire its users in their daily lives.
Psych drugs was created to share information about common medications prescribed for mental health concerns. Although nothing is as good as talking to your doctor, this app may help you create a list of questions and concerns to share with your physician.
PTSD Coach is another app designed for our military men and women. The app offers education, assessments, and information about professional care.
Relax and Sleep Well with Glenn Harold offers some free and moderately priced apps on topics such as relaxation for sleep, calming meditations, and even help with public speaking.
Relax Melodies offers free and low-cost apps to help you drift off to a peaceful sleep.
T2 Mood Tracker focuses on six common issues: anxiety, depression, general well-being, head injury, post-traumatic stress, and stress. The tracking system allows you to watch out for patterns and share the information gathered with your counselor and physician.
WhatsMyM3 is an app that helps you to monitor mood and see if you are at risk for common mood concerns such as anxiety and depression. The results can be something helpful to share with your counselor and physician.