Therapy in Your Pocket: Mental Health Apps – Part 2/3
Part 2, focused on some good tracking and self monitoring apps, have fun.
- T2 Mood Tracker– It was developed by the Department of Defense National Center for Telehealth and Technology. As the name implies, this app is designed to allow users to track symptoms of stress, PTSD, depression, traumatic brain injury, and anxiety. It can be used to chart recovery and share the results with personal therapists.
- eCBT Calm– Once again, cognitive behavioral therapy gets a nod through this app. It is jam packed with useful background information and step by step instructions. Users will benefit from its evaluation tools. They will learn to challenge their distorted thoughts and relax.
- WhatsMyM3– Based on a questionnaire style, this app will help ascertain where users stand. There is a three minute anxiety and depression screening and the app will record and store the scores. The questions assess status of PTSD, depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. The combined scores will reveal whether a mood disorder is having a significant impact on life. Then it will recommend actions for handling those results.
- DBT Diary Card and Skills Coach– Marsha Linehan developed the therapy that supports this app, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). The app will remind users of therapy principles and self-help skills. It will also provide coaching to aid in coping strategies. It claims to assist in reinforcing the treatment provided by the user’s regular therapist.
- Code Blue– Specifically designed for teenagers dealing with bullying and depression, this app includes a support group option. Users plug in the names and numbers of those people in their support group and when things are extra challenging, the user can press a button that will contact those support group members. There is also a GPS feature that will enable group members to locate the user in case of an emergency.