Going through a pandemic typically spells danger for people’s mental health.
Thankfully, technology offers solutions for people struggling with depression and anxiety.
Reasons For The Situation
Terms like quarantine, pandemic, and social distancing are enough to induce a state of anxiety in everyone.
Though the 6-foot distance we should always keep around us is good practice for diminishing the spread of COVID-19, it can also provoke feelings of isolation and loneliness in people.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spoke to more than 5,000 American adults. They discovered that anxiety and depression symptoms increased significantly between April and June this year in contrast to the same months last year.
To be precise, approximately four times more people were depressed in 2020 over 2019.
Check your mental health care provider and your insurance company to check what telehealth benefits you might have access to.
However, not everybody is comfortable talking to a doctor about their mental health, which could be cost-prohibitive for some.
Apps To The Rescue!
Thankfully, many mobile apps offer practical teaching methods you what a doctor would do during a face-to-face session.
Sanvello has over three million people using their app for self-care, coaching, peer support, and therapy.
The app features daily mood tracking, guided journeys, and tools to cope with stress, depression, and anxiety.
You also get to talk with coaches trained in cognitive behavioral therapy or join live video group classes.
In some states, the app can connect you directly with a therapist or psychiatrist for telehealth sessions.
Youper is a similar app that connects people to a “virtual emotional health assistant” who chats via text messages and asks people about their thought patterns and behaviors.
The app uses AI to understand emotions and guide people through various techniques of meditation and cognitive behavioral therapy.