The Most Helpful iPhone Apps for People Tormented by Depression

Mar 6, 2017
Health

Depression does not care about your gender, about your age, about how much money you have in your bank account, about how popular you are, and about whether your life is a success story or a cautionary tale. The dark clouds of this frighteningly common mental disease can descend upon anybody in the world, which is even more evident in light of the fact that globally, more than 300 million people suffer from depression. For those not effected by the tormenting symptoms of the disease, depression might seem like no big deal at all, but this observation is way off, and couldn’t be further from the truth. The fight against depression is a lifelong battle that requires help from family members, friends, loved ones, therapists, and often medications – and of course relentless perseverance and unbelievable mental toughness from you. To ensure that you add some app weapons to your antidepressant arsenal, we’ve put together a compilation introducing the most helpful iPhone apps for people tormented by depression.

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SuperBetter

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Life is a game – or so they say. SuperBetter teaches you how to take things easy by looking at life as a game, and how to stay resilient, motivated, and thoroughly optimistic even in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges. With only 10 minutes of SuperBetter per day, you can achieve a wide variety of lifegoals such as developing a new talent, strengthening a relationship, completing a tough project, or making a lifelong dream of yours come true. Moreover, SuperBetter helps you in knocking out mental diseases (e.g. depression and anxiety), in coping with chronic illness or chronic pain, and in recovering from post-traumatic stress. As if we weren’t already impressed, the app is also perfect for overcoming common life challenges including grieving the loss of a loved one, unemployment, and divorce. The gist of SuperBetter’s concept is that it treats all these problems like a game: there are Quests, PowerUps, Bad Guys, Allies, and scores. You can create your own quests, or choose from several pre-loaded experiences referred to as PowerPacks. SuperBetter boasts an impressive resume, as it was designed by Jane McGonigal, a world renowned game designer, and it’s recommended by therapists, is used by university professors and HR professionals, and is validated by a pair of clinical studies.

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Smiling Mind

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Smiling Mind uses a special web-based and app-based coaching program courtesy of psychologists and experienced educators aimed at restoring balance in your life by helping you deal with the pressure, the stress, and the many challenges you go up against every single day. Smiling Mind is a non-profit mental health organization dedicated to making mindfulness mediation accessible to as many people as possible – in Australia and now all over the world. Accordingly, the Smiling Mind app comes equipped with multiple programs designed specifically for certain age groups and for reaching mindfulness in various environments.

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MoodKit – Mood Improvement Tools

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MoodKit – Mood Improvement Tools, developed by two clinical psychologists, is a multifaceted pocket psychologist app packing a plethora of powerful tools based on the highly effective methods of professional psychology. MoodKit has been featured in multitudes of prestigious magazines, and has been lauded as one of the best mental health apps in the world. MoodKit brings you more than 200 customizable mood improvement activities showing you how to incorporate psychological principles and methods into your life to eliminate negative thoughts and thus facilitate mental well-being. Further highlight features include the Thought Checker, which will come in handy when you’re wrestling with negative thoughts, the Mood Tracker, tailor-made for detailed mood tracking via charts displaying individual ratings, daily averages, and daily ratings; and last not least the MoodKit Journal, which is integrated with the Mood Tracker, and allows you to create notes about potential mood swings and relevant self-knowledge-enhancing observations.

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Balint Kodaj

Copywriter, poet, lyricist, journalist, social media and online marketing specialist, translator. Lives in Budapest, Hungary, but a Clevelander at heart. Established in 1987.

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