Apps for self-manage behavior
Applications better known as Apps not only offer music or games, it also offers mental health assistance. Users of smart phones and tablet computers can access a range of potentially helpful tools that monitor and regulate stress, and track emotional health.
The computer age has dramatically impacted the practice of medicine. No matter what specialty of health care you look to, technology has enabled new tools to support the work of providers and facilitate the healing of patients — behavioral health is no exception.
Below is the list of apps that offers “hip pocket” access to helpful tools:
Breathe2Relax was developed to teach a belly breathing. This kind of breathing has been taught for centuries as a way of turning on the body’s relaxation response. This app, allows you to learn and practice this skill on your own . The app also provides detailed information on the effects of stress on the body which you should become familiar with.
The Tactical Breather
This app can be used to gain control over physiological and psychological responses to stress. Through repetitive practice and training, anyone can learn to gain control of your heart rate, emotions, concentration, and other physiological and psychological responses to your body during stressful situations.
Gives health care providers tools to guard against burnout and compassion fatigue as they help service members, veterans, and their families. Your responses to a short self-assessment create ratings of your risk for compassion fatigue, burnout, and secondary traumatic stress. These ratings can also be viewed as graphs so you can monitor them over time.
The Virtual Hope Box (VHB)
The VHB contains simple tools to help patients with coping, relaxation, distraction, and positive thinking. The VHB provides help with emotional regulation and coping with stress via personalized supportive audio, video, pictures, games, mindfulness exercises, positive messages and activity planning, inspirational quotes, coping statements, and other tools.
The mobile app designed to support the tasks associated with prolonged exposure treatment for PTSD. Providing hip-pocket access to the necessary tools for successful PE participation, the app includes audio recording capability for easy playback after sessions; and visual displays of symptom reduction over time.
T2 Mood Tracker
This mobile application allows users to monitor and track emotional health. The app records a range of emotions for anxiety, depression, head injury, stress, posttraumatic stress and a user’s general well-being. Users can also create items to track their progress in unique areas.
These apps were developed by National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2), a center of Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE)