This Way Up
This Way Up is a web-based program that provides information and skills for overcoming anxiety and depression. This Way Up is based on the principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
Breathe2Relax is an app for all mobile devices that teaches a skill called “diaphragmatic breathing” to help users feel more relaxed. Diaphragmatic breathing, also known as “belly breathing,” is a common relaxation skill utilized in a variety of treatments, including cognitive behavioral therapy, for anxiety and PTSD. Breathe2Relax helps users acquire this skill via guided practice sessions. Each session can be customized to change the overall length of the session, the breath rate, and other user preferences. Breathe2Relax also asks users to rate their stress before and after each practice session, graphing these responses to help users keep track of their progress. In addition, the app contains general information on the effects of stress on everyday living. Breathe2Relax can be used either on its own or as part of regular clinical treatment with a mental health provider.Read the Professional Review for Breathe2Relax: A Professional Review
Available for: Requires iOS 9.0 and watchOS 2.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad,
and iPod touch. Varies with Android Device.
Developer: DHA Connected Health / Department of Veteran Affairs (VA)
Type of Treatment: Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Principles
Targeted Conditions: Stress and Anxiety
Target Audience: Not Specified
Designed to be used in conjunction with a professional? No
Languages Available: English
Where to get it: Apple App Store, Google Play
There is no direct scientific research on the effectiveness of Breathe2Relax
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