Digital Apps are innovative and appealing ways to engage people in learning to manage their health.
Smartphone-based mental health apps represent a unique opportunity to expand the availability and quality of mental health treatment.
Apps related to mental health are one of the fastest growing categories of apps.
Research also suggests that young people prefer to access anonymous Web-based programs rather than get face-to-face help, which has led to the development of numerous smartphone apps.
What are the potential benefits of using mental health apps for alleviating depression and anxiety?
There are many potential benefits of using mental health apps for alleviating depression and anxiety.
These include portability, immediacy and accessibility. These features may be of particular benefit to rural populations; people on waiting lists for face-to-face services; or, difficult-to-engage groups such as teenagers.
Other advantages include affordability, convenience, and anonymity. These benefits may have specific relevance to lower socioeconomic groups who find traditional treatment cost-prohibitive, or those who fear stigmatization.
Mobile apps also offer convenient ways of practicing strategies learned in face-to-face therapy, and may incorporate reminders that can be set to increase treatment and medication compliance.
Lets look at some apps which can help in the treatment of anxiety.