Most people with anxiety and other mood disorders do not seek professional help.
So, mental health apps have some pros and cons:
- Home use. Imagine all you have to do is open a smartphone app or open a laptop lid to start using it. It is much more convenient than going for an hour to special courses or to a specialist.
- It's anonymous. You do not have to meet with anyone or introduce yourself to a doctor, receptionist, etc. This is certainly a plus, but is it that good? From time to time we need real socialization.
- The app can be created by self-taught people who do not have an academic degree. These guys can create quality marketing, but not create a quality product.
- Focusing on one problem. Most of the apps or app courses describe and study only one problem. But we are all unique and can combine a bunch of different qualities, advantages and disadvantages. Therefore, the application cannot provide a 100% answer to all our questions.
You can get rid of one problem, but develop other anxious feelings in yourself.
The greatest benefits are obtained by those people who know how to use theoretical material and apply it in practice.
If your task is just to kill time, then these applications are not for you. It is unlikely that you will pick up something new for yourself.
Those who are connected with people who use mental health apps diligently also benefit, because their friends will feel better, talk to you sincerely, show their emotions and become more open.