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Smartphone apps become ‘surrogate therapists’ –

Elizabeth Landau, CNN, lists some useful apps for social workers:

  • The Live OCD Free app for iPad or iPhone makes use of a well-tested treatment for OCD called exposure and response prevention.
  • Dr. Rakesh Jain, psychiatrist at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, uses a free mood tracking app called Moody Me by MedHelp.
  • Jain also gets his patients to use a body weight tracker called BMI by NutriSystem to track their body mass index, since depression is a mind-body disorder.
  • The app Live Happy offers happiness-boosting activities wherever you go.
  • If you aren’t sure whether what you’re feeling could be classified as depression or anxiety, there’s a free tool called depressioncheck.
  • For those who have bipolar disorder, there’s an app called Bipolar Disorder Connect.
  • Finally, the National Center for Telehealth and Technology, part of the U.S. Department of Defense, has put out an intriguing suite of mental health apps as well.
  • PTSD Coach, co-created by the VA’s National Center for post-traumatic stress disorder, includes a PTSD self-assessment and information about the condition.
  • And for a simple guided relaxation program, check out Tactical Breather, from the same group.

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Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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