10 Mental Health Apps for Depression and Anxiety

Depression and anxiety are scarily common in the United States. In fact, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, about 18 percent of the US population suffers from some kind of anxiety-related disorderÖ And millions of those individuals go undiagnosed or untreated.

If you need help relieving anxiety or depression, you should talk to your doctor about the severity of your issue. But if you have mild worry or are looking to supplement your current routine with some helpful technologies, here are 10 apps you can try.

Happify

Happify is one of the most well-known mental health apps out there. Its premise is pretty simple: Figure out what makes you happy, and then do it. You start by taking a quiz that helps you identify what path you should take. Activities are then chosen for you based on what will make you the happiest.

Koko

At first glance, Koko sounds like an app that fosters the misery loves company idea, but actually, itís a great support system for people with anxiety and depression. In fact, a 2015 study showed that the app helped users approach their problems in more productive ways. Users share when theyíre feeling down, and other users help the original user rethink or reframe the situation, allowing them to see it in a more positive light.

Insight Timer

Meditation can do wonders for your mental health. If you want to keep up your meditation practice, download the Insight Timer. In addition to providing a nice, soothing collection of sound options to mark the end of your meditation session, it allows you to see how many people across the world are meditating with you simultaneously.

Headspace

If youíre new to meditation, however, you may not be ready to simply sit and meditate on your own. This is where Headspace comes in. This popular app isnít free, but it is well-known to help beginners cultivate a meditation habit by bringing them hundreds of proven guided meditation options.

Flowy

If you suffer from anxiety or panic attacks, Flowy might be a fantastic option for you. Itís a gaming app that teaches users how to breathe. For example, they must breathe in order to keep their boat going as they swipe to and fro. This helps slow the breathing rate, and can also educate users about diaphragm breathing, which helps reduce panic and anxiety.

Start

While Start doesnít actively work to reduce usersí depression or anxiety, it allows them to become more in tune with their symptoms. Itís essentially a tracking app that allows users to track their meditation usage, mood and mental symptoms.

7 Cups of Tea

The revolutionary app 7 Cups of Tea allows you to chat with a compassionate ďlistenerĒ who has been trained to help you talk things through. While not a substitute for therapy, itís a great option if you just need someone to talk to in a pinch.

Calm

Calm is a meditation app that focuses on de-stressing and promoting restful sleep. Much like Headspace, itís free to sign up, but youíll pay a monthly fee to access many of the meditations available.

MindShift

MindShift is geared toward teens and young adults suffering from anxiety-related disorders. It has an easy interface, and teaches users coping strategies to help alleviate the physical, mental, emotional and behavioral aspects of their anxiety.

MoodKit

If you often find that you slip into an anxious state without warning and suddenly feel overwhelmed, you need to give MoodKit a try. Moodkit is all about identifying your anxiety-related behaviors as they occur, so you can go about your life with more mindfulness. This, in turn, helps you better manage your anxiety.

Related:
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56 comments

Joseph A
Joseph A2 months ago

Nice article!
This is really great information that can be very useful for people who are suffering from depression and stress. These technologies and apps can be of great help for releasing stress. Engaging the time in playing some games and using the apps can help to change the mood in a great way. You can also take the help of expert psychic reader from Martine-voyance (http://www.martine-voyance.com/consultation/) who can tell you the things which are going in your life and guide you how to solve them in a positive way. It is important to have a stress free and happy environment of living to overcome from depression.

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Sonia M
Sonia M7 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Ermes B
Ermes B7 months ago

Thanks

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HEIKKI R
HEIKKI R7 months ago

thank you

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Marija M
Marija M8 months ago

tks for sharing.

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Lesa D
Lesa D8 months ago

thank you Maggie...

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Hareesh R
Hareesh R10 months ago

Happify is really a very good app and I love using it. For no reason I struggle with depression almost like every night and this app helps me a lot to relax and help me live in the present moment. Can't express how much I love using it. I will try rest of the apps as well. Thank you so much Maggie for sharing the list I really appreciate it :)

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Jerome S
Jerome S11 months ago

thanks

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Jerome S
Jerome S11 months ago

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Jim Ven
Jim Ven11 months ago

thanks for sharing

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