From anxiety and depression to combating the mental signs of ageing: There’s an app for that!

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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:

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 Bubblewrapenjoy! 🙂

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7 responses to “From anxiety and depression to combating the mental signs of ageing: There’s an app for that!

  1. Dawn
    Some great resources there – have to admit the only one I have used is the Bubble Wrap one.
    I like the idea of the brain workout ones – those could be useful when killing time somewhere – my kids like the 4 Pictures 1 Word app that is along those same lines.
    Not sure about self help for more serious issues though!

  2. As long as someone doesn’t take the app seriously, I don’t see a problem. If anyone feels like they have a mental disorder, a professional is always the best choice. An app can never replace a professional.

  3. Wow there really is an app for everything! Would be great if there were so apps that were tried and tested and supported by professionals. Love the sound of the virtual bubble wrap, off to look in my App Store now 🙂

  4. I have often said that my smartphone is smarter than me… and it would appear that it is even truer now! Might just be checking out those brain stim ones tho!

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