Mobile Apps

Mobile apps can be effective tools that make therapy more accessible, efficient, and portable for those with anxiety disorders, depression, OCD, PTSD, and other related disorders.

To select an app for its benefits and ease of use, read the reviews below by ADAA members. These volunteer reviewers are mental health professionals with degrees in psychology, medicine, social work, and counseling; they are not involved in the development or marketing of mobile apps.

  • Scroll down to find the ratings key.

WorryWatch

For individuals with chronic worry, anticipatory anxiety, and GAD, this app provides simple self-monitoring and documenting of worry within a pre-fixed menu, and whether the user believes the actual worry was as bad as what actually happened. The other function is a graphical tool that charts the worry entries by various factors.

The app does not offer a cognitive-behavioral approach to worry or how to change negative thinking, and is not suited for those who have difficulty interpreting graphical representations of information. It would be helpful to have a tutorial to highlight the features of the app and how to use it.

Ease of Use = 3
Effectiveness = 3 (Education, Self-Monitoring)
Personalize = 2
Interactive/Feedback = 2.6
Research Evidence = 1.6
Teens, parents, adults, men, women, veterans; iPhone and iPad; under $4.99, no subscriber fee

Reviewers: Judith Callan, PhD, RN; Shreya Hessler, PsyD; Josh Spitalnick, PhD

Breathe2Relax

A simple, intuitive, and attractive mobile app designed by the National Center for Telehealth & Technology to teach breathing techniques to manage stress. The skills taught may be applied to those with anxiety disorders, stress, and PTSD.

This app can be personalized to an individual's pace that the user finds relaxing; includes a video demo, reading materials, and charts to map personal progress. Helpful for self-starters or those working with a therapist to include breathing techniques in their overall treatment.
Teens, parents, adults, men, women, veterans; iPhone, Android; free

Ease of Use = 5
Effectiveness = 4 (Education, Self-Monitoring)
Personalize = 5
Interactive/Feedback = 4
Research Evidence = 4

MoodKit

This app will help individuals with depression, anxiety disorders, anger management issues, etc. The skills taught include self-monitoring, identifying and changing unhealthy thought patterns, and engaging in mood-enhancing activities; they may promote well-being.

It does a terrific job at making some of the general concepts of CBT available for people to work on by themselves or with the aid of a therapist. It would not be helpful to those with moderate to severe depression.
Adults; iPhone; under $4.99, no subscriber fee

Ease of Use = 5
Effectiveness = 4 (Education, Self-Monitoring)
Personalize = 5
Interactive/Feedback = 3
Research Evidence = 1

PE Coach

Designed for individuals with PTSD, specifically those working with a therapist using prolonged exposure (PE) treatment. The skills taught include education about the treatment, and common reactions to trauma, and breathing retraining.

Not useful as a self-help treatment for PTSD; to get the most out of it, individuals should be in therapy.
Teens, adults, men, women, veterans; iPhone, Android; free

Ease of Use = 4
Effectiveness = 4 (Education, Self-Monitoring, Treatment)
Personalize = 3
Interactive/Feedback = 2
Research Evidence = 1


Ratings Key

Ease of Use  How easy was it to use this app at first? (1=very difficult; 5=very easy)

Effectiveness  How likely will the content provide the tools or methods to accomplish its purpose? (1=highly unlikely; 5=highly likely)
   (Applications:
Education, Screening, Self-Monitoring, Treatment)

Personalize  What is its ability to personalize an individual’s needs? (1=no ability; 5=complete ability)

Interactive/Feedback  How interactive is the app in giving feedback? (1=not interactive, no feedback; 5=very interactive, helpful feedback)

Research Evidence  Does scientific research demonstrate its effectiveness? (1=no research evidence; 5=ample research evidence)


More apps here (not reviewed)

 

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