This Smartphone App Helps You Treat Anxiety And Depression

Posted: May 13 2016, 11:08am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

This Smartphone App Helps You Treat Anxiety and Depression
These are screen grabs of the mobile phone app. Credit: University of Liverpool

'Catch It' smartphone app may rid owners of worry and sad thoughts.

The Universities of Liverpool and Manchester had their top minds brainstorm regarding a smartphone application that helps prevent psychological problems in the owners of the devices.

Termed the “Catch It” app, this software uses some of the latest psychological tricks of the trade to promote mental toughness and prevent mental illness.

Especially, the use of CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) was the watchword when it came to treating anxiety and depression. CBT allows for the management of moods and the general psychopathology of everyday life.

Via the smartphones, CBT can be widely used to untie the knots of the diseased mind. This app allows users to “catch it, check it and change it” which is a scheme that works just fine for mental problems.

While negativity cannot be avoided altogether, people can catch themselves going into a negative spiral at times. Then they can replace negative thoughts with positive affirmations.

All it takes is a little self-monitoring. To get out of the trap of hopelessness and helplessness is half the battle. The results of the study show that the app did help users control their mind’s gymnastics as far as mood swings were concerned.

These beneficial effects mean that people don’t have to waste money seeing a psychologist or psychiatrist. They can just download the app and see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Professor Kinderman, adds: "There were statistically significant reductions in negative mood intensity and increases in positive mood intensity.

"Smartphone apps have potential beneficial effects in mental health through the application of basic CBT principles. More research with randomised controlled trial designs should be conducted."

This study, conducted by researchers from the University of Liverpool's Institute of Psychology, Health and Society (IPHS), the University of Liverpool's Computer Services and the University of Manchester's School of Psychological Science, has been published in the British Journal of Psychiatry Open.

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