What’s Up is an app designed to provide helpful tools for managing depression. The app is based on principles of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and includes multiple features: education about common thinking errors and various healthier alternatives; breathing techniques for relaxation; a guided grounding exercise; a log for tracking “good” and “bad” habits; a personal diary for recording thoughts and rating feelings; a “Catastrophe Scale” for gaining perspective on problems; open forums for discussion with other users; and a selection of positive quotes and other motivational material. Users can also protect their data with a pass-code. What’s Up does not have options for sharing data or otherwise including mental health providers in the app, but it may be a useful aid for individuals with mild-moderate depression who do not have access to traditional treatments.
Available for: Requires iOS 6.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Android 4.0.3 and up.
Developer: Jackson Tempra
Type of Treatment: Cognitive Behavioral Principles, Mindfulness, Symptom Tracking/Self-Monitoring, Psychoeducation & Information, (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)), Connect to a peer
Targeted Conditions: Mood Disorders, Stress and Anxiety
Target Audience: Everyone
Designed to be used in conjunction with a professional? Recommended
Languages Available: English
Cost: Free with in-app purchases
Get it on: Apple App Store, Google Play
There is no direct scientific research on the effectiveness of What’s Up
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