Show 167 - Apps for Anxiety and Mental Health

I was reading an article on US News and World Report about the number of people that have some sort of a mental health condition. The TLDR versions is that approximately 42 million people have some form of an anxiety condition.

Many people don’t know they have anxiety condition and for some people that do acknowledge they have anxiety they do not seek treatment.

Those of us that do want help that it is a challenge to find affordable, capable help. You can check out episodes 160 to 163 about considering therapy, how to find a therapist and making sure you have a good match.

Many people are turning to mental health apps to help with their symptoms or as a way of accessing some form of treatment. In this episode, a look at mental health care apps.

If you need support contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741.

Resources Mentioned: 

Wired article about how a company, Hims and Hers, are trying to bypass current FDA regulations concerning advertising and off-market use of medications.

US News and World Report article on What Mental Health Statistics Can Tell Us.

2024 Update: The website One Mind PsyberGuide is closed. The non-profit could not obtain funding. At this time you can still access the site, but there will be no updates. One Mind Psyber Guide a resource to help you find and evaluate mental health apps. The project looks at on-line, Android and iOS apps. Some of the mental health apps have an evaluation of their performance.

Food and Drug Administration instructions about Mobile Medical Applications.

Federal Trade Commission Interactive Mobile Health Apps Interactive Tool. This will give you an idea of the criteria the FTC uses to determine if an app comes under the jurisdiction of the FTC

Woebot App walked you through an attack or anxiety situation, applies cognitive behavioral therapy to help you learn skills on handing an anxiety attack. Android and iOS devices.

MoodTools can help track depression levels and provided you with coping ideas to keep you safe. Available for Android and iOS for a subscription or in-app donation.

Sleepzy, Sleep Cycle Tracker to monitor your sleeping habits. This is for iOS users. The device tracks your sleeping by microphone so there is no direct contact with the body.

My Noise Interactive Sound Generator Also the home of the Cat Purr Generator.


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Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with questions you may have regarding a medical or mental health disorder.

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