Mental Health Issue? There’s an App for That!

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Mobile Apps for Mental Health Issues

Social media being what it is, Facebook is the most used, with approximately 79% of internet users in the United States sharing cat or dinner photos along with solace-seeking questions about problems with daily life. But sharing your worries with the world at large is not solving enough emotional and mental health problems. People with those concerns increasingly learn that “There’s an App for That!”

From finding help for being cyber-bullied to cognitive behavioral therapy directions to simple breathing exercises for calming down, all the way to Optimism Apps and Self-Help for Anxiety Management, there are apps that help a person to be their own therapist. What’s missing is the objectivity and education of a mental health professional. The absence of that input and feedback, however, could be offset by a calming mindset until the user can access their therapist. To that end, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America has posted an online review of such apps.

Bear in mind that keeping posts short and focused on the mental health issue bothering you are important considerations when you want to have your needs met. Story-telling, also known as going on and on and on about trivial aspects of unrelated issues, will distract you and your efforts to feel better whether you interact with an app or a live person. A caveat for medical and mental health professionals is in order, too: Apple’s iMessage app has not yet reached compliance with HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. The legal act was designed to protect the data privacy and security provisions for the medical information of American patients.

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Let’s get back to the rest of humanity’s needs to deal with mental health. Unhappy people didn’t have the ease of finding online opportunities for chilling from stress before the late 20th century. They and their mental health professionals relied solely on face to face interaction A scene from the movie As Good as It Gets portrays the problem rather well. Autonomy has come a long way since then.

If you simply need to doodle away some time to calm down, Apple launched an augmented reality framework called ARKit. Developers can map digital objects in 3D with their iPhone or iPad. One man simulated The Apollo Moon
Landing from his kitchen
. Similarly soothing apps exist all over the Internet. All you need to do is to seek them out. There are chat groups for that, too.

Yocheved Golani is a popular writer whose byline has appeared worldwide in print and online. A certified Health Information Management professional, she is a member of Get Help Israel. Certified in Spiritual Chaplaincy (End of Life issues) and in counseling skills, her life coaching for ill people puts a healthy perspective into a clients’ success plan for achieving desired goals.