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A recent research project revealed that the U.S. workforce is now made up of 36% of Millenials and 16% GenXers who generally prefer to use apps as viable mechanisms forself-help.The research involved having counselors “test drive” different apps before using them in client sessions, introducing apps to companies and their employees, and looking to see how many people utilized marketing approaches (such as likes of Facebook, or views on YouTube). The findings resulted in 10 behavioral apps that appeared to be favored. Here is the list:
- Optimism – tracks mood, behaviors, triggers and coping strategies. Free on iOS 4.3 or newer
- MindShift – teaches about anxiety and panic and include inspirational quotes. Free for both iOP 5.0 or newer and Android
- SnoreLab – records snoring as well as lapses of breathing which could indicate sleep apnea. Can be used during counseling sessions. $1.99 of iOS 6.0 or newer
- What’s My M3 – administers a self-test of symptoms of anxiety, depression, substance abuse and Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder. Free on iOS 7.0 or newer
- Tactical Breather – simple breathing exercises for relaxation. Free for iOS 4.3 or newer and Android
- My Fitness Pal – tracks weight through easy-to-use motivational weight management strategies. Free on iOS 6.0 or newer and Android
- Quit Smoking with Andrew Johnson – For anyone wanting to kick the habit to the curve in 2015. Can augment smoking cessation-centered counseling. $2.99 for iOS 7.0 or newer and Android
- Mind Tools – you can build over 100 personal and business skills, including team building and stress management. Free for iOS 5.1 or newer and Android
- Get Some Headspace – 10 sessions of 10 minute meditations focusing on breathing and calming. Good for starting a meditation program. Free
- Recovery Record: Eating Disorder Management – track and control eating disorders by logging all meals, snacks, thoughts, and feelings throughout the day. Free for iOS 4.3 or newer and Android.
These apps are not meant to take the place of professional help and interventions, but can be useful to those who are contemplating making changes or who may be hesitant to ask for help. They can also become gateways for people to get the confidence they need to move forward with more traditional kinds of behavioral health assistance.