Hello, fellow anxious and depressed souls. I’m here to share my journey on how technology helps me manage my anxiety and depression. Yes, you heard me right. The very thing that has been accused of causing these dreadful conditions has also helped alleviate them.
App-titude is Key
I’m not talking about Angry Birds or Candy Crush here (although they do provide a temporary escape), I’m talking about app-based management for anxiety and depression. A few apps that I’ve found helpful are Headspace for guided meditation, Moodnotes for tracking and understanding mood patterns, and Calm for overall relaxation. Who knew a tiny app could have such a big impact on my mental health?
As someone who’s uncomfortable with traditional face-to-face therapy, I found virtual therapy much more accessible and cost-effective. Apps like BetterHelp and Talkspace allow you to video chat with licensed therapists from the comfort of my own home. You can schedule sessions around your busy schedule and avoid the hassle of traveling to an appointment. Plus, they even have specialized therapists for specific conditions like ADHD.
Social Media Support
I used to roll my eyes at the thought of social media providing any kind of emotional support, but I stand corrected. Online support groups and forums have provided me with a sense of community and understanding that I didn’t know I needed. Being able to connect with people who are going through similar struggles can be comforting and validating.
Tech for Tracking
Tracking my mood and symptoms manually was an overwhelming task. But with technology, it’s as easy and convenient as clicking a few buttons. Apps like Daylio and eMoods allow you to track your mood and habits so that you can identify patterns and triggers. This, in turn, can help make healthier choices and change your behavior.
Technology may have been (some) the cause of my anxiety and depression, but it’s also become my greatest ally in treating it. With access to virtual therapy, helpful apps, and a supportive online community, I’m feeling better than ever. Who knew that technology could be so helpful in mental health?