Are mental health apps of any use?
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Are mental health apps of any use?

Dr David Bakker
Dr David Bakker

In 10 seconds? Studies have found evidence that mobile health apps can reduce depression and help improve our moods. Researchers conducted a randomized controlled trial, comparing users of mental health apps and a productivity app.

What did they find? Testing the apps on over 200 participants, they’ve found that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) based apps helped users to reduce their depression and increase their wellbeing - but mostly for people with moderate levels of depression and anxiety. These apps give users practical strategies like relaxation and ways to examine and challenge their own negative thoughts.

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