👆Highs & Lows👇

We’re all familiar with those moments where you feel like you’ve got too much going on in your life. You feel like your on a roller coaster ride with the twists and turns that make your stomach flip. You love the feel of it but at some point, you realize the rollercoaster is still going and you just want to get off.

Some people have to deal with that rollercoaster for the rest of their life.

Life is hard and sometimes we just need something (or someone!) to help us get through it.

Sidenote: None of the apps here should be replacements for professional help.

If you are facing any problems mentioned in this post, you are not alone in your fight. Contact any of the numbers listed HERE provided by the NAMI Helpline.

Here are 5 self-help apps that can you help you through the rough times:

 

Duolingo (5)What is it?

Youper is an app that uses artificial intelligence to respond to emotional health issues such as stress, anxiety, and depression. The app’s goal is to deliver effective psychological approaches that are personalized around the user’s needs.

Youper uses research to formulate the emotional health assistant to develop more personalized treatment conditions for any issues you are facing. The app does an emotional checkup at the beginning and the end of your day to record your emotions and dissect why you feel the way you do.

 

Review

When I found Youper, I was curious about how an AI could help me with my emotions. After testing it out, I found the methods that they used to be resourceful. The assistant rings you at the beginning and end of the day by asking how you feel and why do you feel the way you do. It gets down to the nitty-gritty with your emotions and will stop asking questions at any moment you feel uncomfortable. I enjoyed the experience that I had while trying it out.

The only thing about the app that I ran into was that I sometimes lost the motivation to check in with the app and it sort of badgers you to keep checking in every day. It can get a bit tiring on a daily basis.

Check out the iOS version here & the Android version here!


 

Duolingo (1)What is it?

TalkLife is a free online peer to peer support network app that aims to provide an anonymous support forum for anyone who is struggling with anything in their life. You can be both a supporter or someone who needs support while on the app. It’s an app that is utilized for both journaling and venting purposes.

The app not only lets you voice your struggles, but it also categorizes it based on what you are talking about. It’s considered a safe place where you can talk about anything: mental health, depression, eating disorders, a bad breakup or a relationship, school or work.

 

 

Review

TalkLife is an interesting discovery. I used it for a week just to try out some of the mechanics that it had and I love the idea of a support network where you go vent about anything you want. I signed myself up as both a support and someone who needs support and my TalkLife feed was filled with people’s written thoughts. I wrote out a post just to try it out and the kudos, hugs, and support feature were a pretty interesting catch.

I do think that the social networking aspect can be a bit too much. With open forums comes the infamous ‘internet’ trolls and the report button can only catch so many of them in time. I do think talking about your problems to peers is important but it’s also complicated when your discussing your personal problems with a total stranger.

Check out the iOS version here & the Android version here!


 

Duolingo (2).pngWhat is it?

Woebot is a supportive AI app that is built around the user’s tracked mood and relies on step-by-step guidance using methods from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBI). The app helps you with tracking down your specific mood and builds 100+ evidence-based lessons, exercises, and stories from their own clinical team.

This friendly little AI not only talks to you one on one through your problems, but it also can:

  • Track your emotions through friendly conversation
  • Guide you through science-based techniques for a range of problems
  • Help with mood management; relationship problems; grief; habits and addictions
  • Personalize your conversations the more you chat
  • Teach mindfulness

 

 

 

Review

I’ll happily admit that Woebot is one the cutest self-care AI that I have ever seen. They are quirky. They are always there for you. The bot even tells ridiculous dad jokes if you want it to. It’s weird because we fear for technology advancement in these kinds of fields, but I honestly find an app like this to be a step in the right direction.

The only downside I find with this sort of ties back to the Youper app. The app pushes you to engage with it every single day and it can be a bit exhausting (and even slightly annoying) for someone who doesn’t have the time for it.

  • Fun Find: Don’t have enough space on your phone for this little buddy? Woebot is also on Facebook messenger!

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Check out the iOS version here & the Android version here!


 

Duolingo (3)What is it?

SuperBetter is a health & fitness that changes the way you look at battling your life challenges. It encourages you to change your problems into quests that you can overcome with one step at a time.

SuperBetter has been stated to:

  • Adopt a new habit, develop a talent, learn or improve a skill, strengthen a relationship, make a physical or athletic breakthrough, complete a meaningful project, or pursue a lifelong dream.
  •  Beat depression, overcome anxiety, cope with chronic illness or chronic pain, heal from physical injury, or recover from post-traumatic stress.
  • Overcome a life challenge like finding a new job, surviving divorce, dealing with a career or school setback, or grieving the loss of a loved one.
  •  Help others: therapists recommend SuperBetter to their patients; university professors incorporate SuperBetter into their student’s coursework; life coaches refer their clients, and HR professionals design SuperBetter into their employee wellness incentive programs.

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Review

Wow, the fact that there is an app that changes your struggles into quests is very interesting to me! This app utilizes gamification in a way that supports its users through different features such as rewarding achievements for working towards your goal and even pointing out the allies and bad guys in your challenges.

Some problems that I’ve identified were that the app is not as flexible as you want it to be. Some activities that you input the app can only contribute to one type of resilence. The filtering system is also a bit janky at the time and can be difficult to navigate the app’s quest categories.

Check out the iOS version here & the Android version here!


 

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What is it?

Moodpath is an interactive depression and anxiety screening program. It tracks your psychological, emotional and physical wellbeing and generates a personalized mental health assessment that you can discuss with therapists.

Some features that the app has:

– 14-day depression screening with 3 question blocks per day
– Interactive modules to understand the psychology behind your mood
– After 14 days: Professional assessment that you can share with your GP or therapist
– Statistics allow you to keep track of your mental well-being

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Some benefits that come from it:
– Reduce uncertainty whether or not you suffer from a depressive episode
– Monitor your mental well-being
– Understand the psychology behind your mood
– Use Moodpath as mood journal during psychotherapy

Review

I have not used this app personally but I have talked to several other users who’ve used it and have recommended it as a great monitor. It’s an app that provides a variety of resources catered to specific issues such as anxiety and depression.

 

Check out the iOS version here & the Android version here!