When Steve Jobs first uttered the phrase “there’s an app for that”, I wonder if even he knew just how right he was!
We all know that there are apps for pretty much anything you can think of but did you know that you can even get apps that aim to help address mental health issues such as:
- Depression, e.g., Moodgym and the Depression Calculator app.
- Anxiety, including panic attacks, OCD and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, e.g., The Linden Method, Live OCD free, PTSD Coach and Panic Attack Aid apps.
- Self harm, e.g., Safe Alternatives.
- Ageing, e.g., Brain Workout, Fit Brains Trainer and MindSharp.
- Negative thinking, e.g., Moodscope.
- Stress, e.g., eCBT Calm.
- Insomnia, e.g. SleepPhones, Deep Sleep, and Sleep On It!
- and even Traumatic brain injury?
It is remarkable to think that this could be another positive effect of the amazing technology that is available today. HOWEVER, it is very important to note that the majority of apps are not clinically tested or approved by recognised health organisations. Therefore users must be very careful when they decide to use these apps and must never regard them as an alternative to visiting their GP, therapist or other health care professional.
It is likely that health care providers will become more involved with this technology once the usefulness of these interventions has been adequately assessed. The NHS is already beginning to recognise the potential benefits and even has a new webpage listing some of the health apps available!
My advice would always be to speak to a professional if you are experiencing any mental or physical issues. Apps should only be used to complement treatment suggested by a healthcare professional (even better ask their opinion on the app before you use it!). Any health issues should be treated with respect and users must not look upon apps as a convenient ‘quick fix’. It is always advisable to get reputable advice on which apps may be useful as a badly designed app could have the potential to cause more harm than good.
On a lighter note, had a slightly frustrating day at work? Kids driving you mad during the summer holidays? How about venting your frustration on some bubble wrap? Well…. there’s an app for that! Virtual Bubblewrap – enjoy! 🙂