Applications for smart phones and other technology are popular and can make life easier in many ways, ranging from apps that can find the cheapest gas station to apps that can track your menstrual cycle.
Experts have even been developing numerous applications to help treat mental illnesses.
Here are examples of free apps that some people with mental health issues are using to improve their situation.
PPD Gone! (http://ppdgone.com/):
Shoshana Bennett, a clinical psychologist and author of several books like “Postpartum Depression for Dummies,” has survived “two life-threatening postpartum depressions” and recommends her app PPD Gone! for new mothers who are at risk or already suffering from PPD.
“Apps can be extremely useful as a tool for dispensing information and resources,” Bennett said.
“PPD Gone! is one of the apps that my colleagues and I regularly give to new mothers who are suffering since they can literally receive help (including audio, videos, phone numbers, reliable websites) with the touch of a button.”
The app also allows users to call “Dr. Shosh” or email her, as well as listen to audio recordings and watch videos with tips, advice and information about PPD.
“Depression robs us of the motivation to search for resources, and apps can benefit those afflicted instantly,” she added. “Apps don't replace speaking to a therapist, but they can be excellent in aiding the process of recovery.”
Dr. David Sack, an addiction psychiatrist and CEO at Promises Treatment Centers, created the iPromises Recovery Companion app to help people who are in recovery from addiction stay connected with other people in recovery and with AA groups.
“Users report benefiting most from the mood tracker and the daily reflections features,” Sack said.
“The mood tracker allows users to monitor how their mood changes over time, and also alerts them if they choose a mood that they have pre-selected as a relapse risk for them. The reflections are not only motivational, but they also offer useful tips and exercises that people can use in their daily lives to enhance their recovery.”