Who might this blog post be useful for?: Anyone that experiences symptoms of psychosis or struggles with a mental health condition such as schizophrenia, bipolar affective disorder, BPD or any other mental health problem that symptom and activity tracking and personalised goals etc. might help with.
What study skills challenges can this app help you overcome?: Difficulty managing mental health, that impacts on wellbeing and ability to concentrate or remain motivated.
What is the tool or study skills strategy?: Mood Tracking and CBT based apps.
The following apps are apps that have been specifically marketed as helping people who experience psychosis. Psychosis is often misunderstood and subject to stigma from people who don’t understand it, and self-stigma from those who experience it. It is important to note however that psychosis is a highly misrepresented illness that can often be successfully managed.
This is an app that may be helpful for anyone struggling with a mood or personality disorder, or other mental health problem that would benefit from creating personalised goals, tracking their mood and medication use and managing a personalised schedule.
– Monitor your mood
– Set goals and track your progress at your own pace
– Receive advice on what to do and who to contact if you need help
– Keep track of any medication you take
– As you work through the app, it also gives you simple tips on things you can do to help you feel better such as sleep, dietary and exercise advice.
The app doesn’t store your ratings, so you can use it repeatedly and receive targeted advice on how you’re feeling day by day.
This app was developed by the NHS as a way of better engaging young people with their treatment. It emphasises the importance of self-monitoring and learning to manage your own mental health, which is a vital step towards recovery, although learning to manage your own mental health is not the same as never requiring treatment again. Recovery isn’t linear and sometimes we might need a bit of extra support or input. The name was chosen because the creators “wanted something inspirational, because psychosis is often just a temporary illness. Many patients recover fully.”
Here is the app description for silver linings: “Silver Linings is an app to help young people who have experienced an episode of Psychosis. The app is designed to improve your understanding of your experiences and help you along the road to recovery.The app is designed to be helpful and fun. It will give you the tools to improve your mental health and help you to stay positive.
An important feature of the app is to help you identify goals and work towards achieving these. You will be able to collect rewards for challenges.”
Another app currently in testing, but not available to the public yet is Actissist, based on CBT, which is funded by the government for study at Manchester University.
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