Show 222 Is it a Medical App?

I get a little long winded but in this episode, I needed to explain what are medical apps and what isn't. That breathing app on your phone probably isn't a medical app.

That is the topic of this weeks episode. Regulated and unregulated medical apps

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Resources Mentioned: 

U.S. Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Device Software Functions Including Mobile Medical Applications

Headspace and Talkspace, Both companies provide connections to virtual therapists via audio, text or vendor. 

Rootd – Panic Attack Relief This is an app that helps those of you with panic attacks to handle your symptoms. It provides an education module, symptom relief, a journaling module and other resources.

MoodKit This app uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as the foundation of some of the activities in the app.  It is a hybrid between providing patient information and a journal. 

PocketCoach  This app is similar to the other it uses CBT and Mindfulness-Based Stress-Reduction to provide information to users about their condition and how to handle their symptoms. 

2024 Update. One Mind PsyberGuide is closed. The non-profit could not obtain funding to continue. You can still access the archives at this time. PsyberGuide is 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. 


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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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