Most of us need a little help with our mental health from time to time. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. Thankfully, there are hundreds of mental health apps developed by professionals to help you address your specific concerns — everything from anxiety and PTSD to depression and ADHD — from the privacy of your own device.
Many of these apps can be used to improve your mental health on your own or to enhance regular therapist or psychiatrist visits; some can even help connect you to a therapist virtually. There are free and paid options, and some companies include access to an app as part of their total benefits package.
Apps like Calm and Headspace help you develop mindfulness, which can ease your anxiety. They can help you learn to meditate and sleep better, whether you have practiced meditation before or are brand-new to it.
If you’re looking for something a little more engaging, or need a quick pick-me-up, try Happify. The app uses a series of science-based short activities and games each day to help you develop positive thought patterns and overall happiness.
Having trouble tracking your mood and symptoms? Try Bearable. This app is a straightforward and user-friendly way to help you track your mood, medications, symptoms, and many other day-to-day variables. From this data, Bearable will create charts that you can use to identify patterns or as an aid in therapy.
This is just a small sample of the available apps. Check HERE for an expert-created resource to help you sort through them. Help is at your fingertips!