A truly brilliant comedian once said, "Suicide is a permit solution to temporary problems," but after preaching that for years, Robin Williams recently and abruptly took his own life. Depression can affect people in different ways - it is normal to be depressed occasionally during everybody's lifetime, but generally, most of us will get out of our slump and move on with life. Nevertheless, there are 350 million people worldwide that suffer from the kind of depression that makes people feel like their minds have completely rebelled against them - it is usually coupled with bouts of anxiety as well. Many people equate depression with being sad, but the two are not one and the same.
It may sound a little light hearted to say this, but there is an App for that - Depression and Anxiety, called CBT Keeper. It is a mobile App that helps to teach you simple techniques to work through and overcome your depression and anxiety. The App works off the principals of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) - a proven treatment for many mental illnesses. CBT works to try to help you change your negative thoughts and behaviors. Although Depression and Anxiety are no laughing matter, CBT takes therapy and turns it into a game - it keeps score and tries to motivate you to do better or score higher the next time. As with any therapy, consistency is one of the keys to recovery and CBT will track your daily usage and encourages you to keep going - sort of like, "one day at a time." CBT will help give you specific goals to try and obtain on your path to feeling good again.
CBT features include: Learn to how to recognize and fight the automatic negative thoughts that contribute to depression and anxiety - Track your depression and anxiety with the same scales that doctors use - Daily reminders to practice - Rapid access to the National Suicide Helpline - Compete privacy as your thoughts never leave your device. CBT is free to use, but for a limited time you can get the premium upgrade for only $1.99 that disables all ads and unlocks some premium features. You might want to check out the free version to see if it is right for you before upgrading. Please hook up with us on our Google+ Page and let us know if you have tried the CBT Keepers and what you thought of it...as always, we would love to hear from you.