As a student at The King’s University obtaining my Master’s of Marriage & Family Therapy, I come across great resources that I want to share with you. In this week’s reading in my book, “Treating those with Mental Disorders“, I came across seven apps you can download to your phone that may be helpful in addressing depression.
Please note, these apps are not a replacement to therapy but are a great resource to keep on hand to compliment treatment. Be sure to ask your own therapist about using them.
This application assists clients with developing breathing exercises they can use to practice the stress management skill called diaphragmatic breathing.
Stop, Breathe, and Think
This application helps clients practice mindfulness, meditation, and compassion building. There are guided meditations, yoga, and acupuncture videos that can be used to help with stress, depression, and anxiety. Clients also have access to a tracker for mood and meditation progress.
This application provides tools for depression on symptoms, causes, and treatments. Clients have access to a thought diary and a safety plan can take mood tests, read through self-help guidelines, and watch videos and TED talks on meditation.
Virtual Hope Box
This application is used to help with coping, relaxation, distraction, and positive thinking. This app also provides activity planning, distraction tools, relaxation exercises, guided meditation, breathing.
Mood Tools- Depression Aid
This application is designed to help with managing negative moods and thoughts. Mood Tools include a thought diary, activities, a safety plan, educational information, videos, and a mood assessment.
The Mindfulness App: Meditation for Everyone
This application can be used to facilitate relaxation and mindfulness. It includes guided, timed, and personalized medication practices. It also records personalized information and data entries to keep track of progress.
I Am- Daily Positive Reminders
This application is a daily affirmation application that challenges negative thought patterns. You can choose from a list of positive affirmations or even create your own list. Set reminders and this application will deliver daily positive affirmations.
I pray these tools give you hope as you walk through a dark season. If you are reading this post and struggling with depression, please know I am praying this promise over you:
To those who have sorrow in Zion I will give them a crown of beauty instead of ashes. I will give them the oil of joy instead of sorrow, and a spirit of praise instead of a spirit of no hope. Then they will be called oaks that are right with God, planted by the Lord, that He may be honored.Isaiah 61:3
Comment below with any apps, books, prayers or Bible verses that bring hope and joy to overcome depression!