Do you want to work on your mental health but don't know where to start? These 3 apps can help you.
We tell you about 3 apps that you can use from your cell phone screen and in the comfort of your home to work on your mental health. Photo: LatinAmerican Post
LatinAmerican Post | Vanesa López Romero
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Due to the stigmas surrounding mental health, years ago taking therapy was seen as a bad thing, something you did because you were "crazy." But with the passing of time, mental health has come to occupy a very important place in the idea of well-being that the most recent generations have. This has allowed therapy to be seen more positively, as something that should be done at least once in a lifetime. Because, regardless of whether we have a disease or not, all human beings have conflicts, problems, and insecurities, and working on them never hurts.
However, taking the first step can be difficult, especially if you have never tried therapy. Asking for recommendations can be difficult if you don't want to be vulnerable to others. The covid-19 pandemic has also meant that during quarantines we lock ourselves in our homes and going to a health center becomes risky. But there are alternatives, and the virtuality produced by the pandemic allows us to explore them. Here are 3 apps that you can use from your cell phone screen and in the comfort of your home to work on your mental health.
This is an application that offers consultations and distance therapy sessions with licensed psychologists. TherapyChat offers a free 60-minute first session so you can test the service and decide whether or not you want to continue with it. The psychologists offered by the application have different specialties. "We have professional, licensed psychologists with extensive experience working with problems of depression, stress, anxiety, self-esteem, and couples therapy," says the app description.
The app chooses the specialist indicated for you from a first conversation, in which you will be informed about your therapy options. Then, taking into account your needs, a specialist will be assigned to you in less than 24 hours. This is a very good option if you are not sure which way to go when choosing a therapist.
If you have a partner and things have gotten tough lately, they may want something more specific when seeking therapeutic help. Lasting is an application focused on marriage counseling and couples therapy. There is no counseling with a therapist as such, but the software is created to guide couples during a process of healthy practices that aims to strengthen the emotional connection they have.
According to its creators, the application collects information based on 126 studies that are also reviewed by mental health experts. Thus, the application assesses the strengths and weaknesses of the couple and creates routines and reminders to improve the practices on which the relationship is based.
We all fear something, fear is an instinct that helps us survive. However, there may be fears that are irrational or may even affect our daily lives. Phobious is designed for this type of problem. It is an app that progressively searches for the phobia that the user has, using virtual exposure. "That is, through the augmented reality system, a progressive exposure is carried out through 3D to help the patient / user to be able to make their approach virtually to the situation or object that arouses the phobia," says the page of the app.
This app is not a substitute for professional advice, so it is recommended to be accompanied by an expert.