When it comes to tech and mental health, we tend to look at the bad. That’s because there are a lot of issues with tech and mental health.
For example, tech, when overused, can make it harder to fall asleep. We may be addicted to our phones and spend too much time on social media. Not to mention, we may find content on social media that is upsetting to us.
However, there are many ways tech can help improve our mental health as well. After all, there’s an app for everything. Cooking, video creating, the list goes on. There are apps that are designed to improve your mental health overall, and in today’s post, we’ll look at some.
Types of Apps
First, we have the self-care app. This app helps you take care of your own issues without help from a professional.
One example of that is Moodfit. This is an app that sends you reminders and helps you with your goals, but you do it all yourself. It just offers exercises, advice, and keeps your goals easier to reach.
Another example is Headspace. This is a meditation app that can help you practice mindfulness, sleep well, and help if your head is filled with thoughts. There are many exercises and meditation sessions to be found there. However, there is no professional to talk to.
Pros of These Apps
These apps can be affordable. Some are free or have a limited free version. Others are paid, but there is a one-time fee or a small monthly fee.
These apps can give you help without the cost of seeking it yourself. This makes it quite worth it in our eyes.
These types of apps are not suitable for people who have severe mental health issues. You may need an app that has access to a professional.
In addition, these apps are not meant to be an alternative to speaking to a professional if you need a diagnosis. If possible, avoid self-diagnosing if you can, as there may be room for error.
Online Therapy Apps
These apps connect you with a licensed therapist who can talk to you on your own schedule. They tend to involve speaking to a therapist through text, voice, or video chat.
An online therapy app can be a good alternative to traditional therapy. For example, Talkspace helps you to speak to a pro who can diagnose you.
These apps tend to have flexible pricing as well. You can pay for a certain plan, and what you see is what you pay for. No surprising fees!
Also, each app is securely protected. What you say is completely private, just like going to a therapy.
These apps can cost more, and while they are good for moderate mental health issues, you may still need to seek a professional if you have severe issues.
Also, some of these apps may not be covered by insurance, unlike in-person therapy. This can make it more difficult for you if you have trouble with finances.
A Promising Future
As we integrate more with technology, we may see more apps dedicated to mental health. Over the past year alone, many of us have turned to mental health apps as we get through these troubling times.
It’s difficult to leave our homes, and many of us don’t want to due to the pandemic. Not to mention, people with severe depression may find it difficult to leave their homes at all. An app can make it easier, as you may not be able to get out of bed, but you can use your phone in bed to get help.
There may come a time when you can get most of your mental healthcare done through an app. As technology improves, you can talk to a therapist on an app and the experience will feel like you’re really in the office.
Diagnosis is Key
When you have a mental health issue, and you are unsure what it is, one thing you can do is talk to a professional about it.
Mind Diagnostics can help connect you to a professional who can diagnose you. Then, you can get help for any problems you are having.