Smartphone Apps That Can Help Manage Depression
Smartphones have become one of the most important belongings for most of the people these days. In fact, it acts as the gateway to the world. With constant evolution in information technology and the deep penetration of internet across the communities, apps have become the new channels of information and entertainment. Installing them on one’s phones provides a quick access to anything under the sun, be it games, books, news, weather updates, or something else. No wonder, smartphones many times even act as a doctor in your hands nowadays.
But can these smartphone-based apps also be used to manage serious mental health issues like depression? Yes, says a new study. The study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research has revealed that even smartphones can act as an antidote to critical mental ailments, such as anxiety and depression. Designed by the researchers at the Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, mobile applications can help depressive people make their life more meaningful and worthy of living.
Easy-to-use apps help mitigate destress and self-criticism
Until now, playing video games or taking part in other pleasurable activities were considered as the effective ways to ward off depression. These methods primarily work by relaxing mind and stressed nerves, thereby providing relief from depressive symptoms in chronic patients. However, the new apps go a step further, giving the same kind of relief as gained through psychotherapy or antidepressant medications. A suite of 13 mini apps, called IntelliCare, effectively reduced the severity of anxiety and depression by 50 percent when used up to four times a day.
There are apps that are designed to treat depression and anxiety symptoms by either offering a single strategy to feel better or providing several features that make the navigation difficult for the users. As a result, the user gets either bored or overwhelmed with the apps and stops using them after some time. However, IntelliCare has a series of features that help in destressing, and reducing self-criticism and worry, thereby making life more meaningful. They also use motivational strategies to highlight the strengths of the user.
Listed below are some of the apps grouped under Intellicare:
· Daily Feats: An app designed to increase the overall satisfaction with life by motivating the user to take part in worthwhile and rewarding activities each day.
· Purple Chill: It includes audio recordings that guide through exercises to destress and worry less.
· Slumber Time: Designed to provide the user with a good night’s sleep.
· My Mantra: Designed to encourage the user to create motivating mantras to highlight his or her strength and values.
According to a 2016 report published by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), depression affects more than 15 million Americans aged 18 years or older in a given year. With such a large population reeling under depression, using app-based therapy can be the most convenient way to avoid the rush in hospitals. However, not everyone is benefitted by such technology-based treatment. Therefore, it is important to consult a health care expert before embarking on such self-help treatment strategy.
Help is just a call away
A mental illness can be truly detrimental to one’s overall well-being. An untreated mental illness can lead to severe complications and life-threatening situations, such as suicidal thoughts and attempts. Therefore, it is important to seek medical treatment.
If you or your loved one is battling depression, the Texas Depression Treatment Help can provide you with information on the best depression treatment facilities in your area. Call us at our 24/7 helpline number 866–827–0282 for more information on cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT for depression treatment in Texas.