App Reviews for Depression & Anxiety
Technology has changed the way health care providers assess and track patient wellness. You may have experienced this when visiting your own doctor. It has become commonplace for a physician to use mobile devices, such as tablets and smart phones, to record your health information. Mobile apps are also available for individuals who wish to take charge of their own health – physical as well as mental. If you have been diagnosed with anxiety or depression, or just suspect something is wrong, there are mobile apps available to evaluate and track your own symptoms.
While a mobile app does not replace a health care professional, it can be a useful tool as you work towards healing. Following is a summary of some apps used to screen for, measure the severity of and monitor depression and anxiety symptoms.
This user-friendly app was developed by a software company that also produces video games. This is evident in the apps’ intuitive interface with its colorful graphics. Users work through the 18-item Goldberg Depression Test and the app calculates a score, which cues the user to the severity of their symptoms and the possible need to seek professional help. The app also may be used to track moods on a daily basis, allowing the user to recognize patterns and have a record available to show his or her physician. This app is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
This free app assesses the users risk for depression, anxiety, Posttramatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and bipolar disorders. The app provides feedback suggesting how symptoms may be affecting the user’s health. The app stores information so that it is available for review by a physician. The app is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
The Geriatric Depression Scale is used to identify depression in the elderly. Developed with federal funds, the scale is in the public domain. The mobile app was developed by Dr. Jerome Yesavage of VA Palo Alto Health Care System in Palo Alto, California. Dr. Yesavage is board certified in geriatric psychiatry and psychiatry. The app records and stores responses to the 15-item survey. The app is free and available for Android and iOs devices.
This app is designed for use by health care professionals. It is a suite of the most widely used depression assessment scales. These assessments should be administered and interpreted by an experienced psychiatrist or a health care professional with knowledge of psychiatry. This app includes:
- Hamilton Depression Rating Scales (HDRS) for rating the severity of depression in patients already diagnosed as depressed.
- Manic State Rating Scale (MSRS), also referred to as the Beigel Scale, is a 26-item scale used to assess the severity of mania symptoms. The assessment depends on a clinician’s observations rather than patient’s self-reporting.
- Hamilton D7 Rating Scale (HAMD-7) estimates the severity of depression symptoms, compares efficacy of antidepressant treatments and identifies a full remission of symptoms.
- Clinical Global Impressions (CGI) comprises two scales, one to measure severity of symptoms and change from any point during treatment.
- Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale (HAMA) assesses severity of anxiety symptoms in adults, adolescents and children.
- Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) is a 10-item survey completed by the patient. It assesses severity of symptoms and determines level of treatment required.
The Doctot Depression app is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.