How to Navigate the ‘Chaotic’ World of Mental Health Apps

Washington Post: Here’s what you need to know about mental health apps and how to find the right one for you.

A quick search for “anxiety,” “depression” or “mental health” in Apple’s App Store or on Google Play returns a dizzying array of results. Offerings include games for stress relief, meditation guides, mood trackers and tools intended to tackle conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, schizophrenia and more. But regardless of function, many of these apps tout variations of the same promise: They’ll help you feel better. ...

“The barriers to developing and selling or releasing mental health apps are very low, and currently the market is flooded,” Haim said. “It’s hard for consumers, and in some cases clinicians, to identify what’s evidence-based and might work versus what does not include an evidence base and may in some cases be harmful.” READ MORE

(Source: Washington Post, 12/29/2020)