Smartphone Mental Health Apps

OK, so here’s a short post on smartphone apps for mental health. I read about this first recently on Smartphone apps become ‘surrogate therapists’ – First, I’d like to echo the CNN author’s caveat to avoid thinking of them as substitutes for mental health care professionals. There are no randomized, placebo-controlled studies I’m aware of predicting that smartphone apps will ever replace therapists. However, I think it’s good to keep an open mind about the role of technology in extending access to ways of achieving or maintaining mental health. Some of these apps cost a fair amount of money, and I would encourage a frank, open discussion with a therapist first before spending hard-earned cash on them. I’m not endorsing smartphone mental health apps and neither have I downloaded them to evaluate them. Let the buyer beware is my cautionary message. With that in mind, here are a few links to check out:

Moody Me – Mood Diary and Tracker for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store

Live OCD Free_An iPhone App

BMI – Body Mass Index for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store

Signal Patterns | Live Happy positive psychology iPhone app

Mobile Applications | T2 Health