Help With Anxiety: Apps and Resources
**Please note: The information provided in this post is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional advice or treatment. Please do not use this information to diagnose or treat an issue, problem or concern without consulting with a qualified healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have.**
If you’re feeling anxious, nervousness or stress right now or if you are looking for ways to manage knowing that you are prone to anxiety or stressful situations, you may be searching for ways to reduce them in the very moments you are experiencing those feelings.
Anxiety, as well as the many associated states, impacts significant numbers of people in Canada. The ADAC (Anxiety Disorders Association of Canada) reports that upwards of “25% of Canadians will experience an anxiety disorder at least once during their lifetime” and further, “Prevalence for any anxiety disorder is over 12%”.
While psychotherapy and other treatment options are resources for lasting change and understanding underlying causes, there are also times when more immediate or short-term resources can be helpful.
Dealing with anxiety can be very challenging and it’s with this in mind that I have been working on building a list of resources such as books, apps and other technologies to be accessible here in one central location.
Please keep checking in here: The plan is to keep adding to and editing this list.
If you have a recommendation for an app or resource that has worked for you, please get in touch and I would be happy to review it for possible inclusion on this list.
Again, please remember that these are only recommendations to be used as resources and not to be a substitution for professional support.
How to Deal With Anxiety? Apps Might Help.
The Anti-Anxiety App features a stress management program with access to diagnostic, exercises and techniques to aid in the reduction of stress and anxiety with the use of a questionnaire, informative videos, workbook with exercises, daily tracker and access to the latest in available research. The makers of the app claim that it was developed to leverage technology to help users control and manage their anxiety effectively. The Anti-Anxiety App is available for both iOS and Android, and features in-app purchases.
Anxiety Coach is an app developed and released by the Mayo Clinic, a US based medical care organization. Created by two clinical psychologists and experts in the treatment of anxiety disorders, the app is based on the strategies of CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) assisting in the reduction of worries and fears by taking the user through CBT-based exercises while tracking anxiety levels to assess progress over time. The app claims to be for users who are experiencing all levels of anxiety, from socially related anxieties to compulsions and for those who may be experiencing more extreme symptoms. Anxiety Coach is available for $4.99 for iOS users.
Anxiety Mint is a health and fitness app that uses Cognitive Bias Modification (CBM) to alleviate anxiety. Research shows that CBM is an effective resource which can supplement taking oral therapeutic interventions to reduce anxiety and/or medication. The app features a variety of exercises that are recommended to be done at least once a week for 15 to 20 minutes. Anxiety Mint is available for $1.99 in the App Store.
I Can Be Free is an app that enables users to listen to a variety of sessions that claims to help with relaxation, better sleep, and overcome phobias. The app features different music tracks and moods to modify the user’s thoughts and emotions. I Can Be Free has been awarded by appcrawlr.com as the number one app in the “hypnosis” and “sleep so well” categories. The app comes with one free relaxation session. It is available for both iOS and Android users with in-app purchases.
Personal Zen is a free health and fitness app that is clinically shown to alleviate stress with the help of a fun game. The app is developed by a team of neuroscientists and mobile developers. It features a Personal Zen game that a user is recommended to play at least three times a week, for at least up to 30 minutes. The goal of the game, intended for both adults and kids, is to help reduce stress and anxiety levels. Personal Zen is free on devices running on iOS.
Mindshift is an app, created specifically for youth by the Anxiety Disorders Association of British Columbia, to help cope with stress and anxiety. It offers features that provide users the opportunity to think about anxiety from a differing perspective. One of its key features is to invite the user to consider stress actively, rather than passively or by distracting oneself, as a potentially effective way of achieving a mind shift. The app is designed to assist in alleviating stress using its specific tools to address challenges such as test anxiety, performance anxiety, perfectionism, worry, panic, conflict and social anxiety. Mindshift is available in the iOS and Google Play stores for free.