Mental Health Apps: A Therapist In Your Pocket
By Zur Institute
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With mental health apps for smartphones and tablets, anyone can access mental health information any time of the day or night. Clients can use apps in conjunction with (or even instead of) psychotherapy. Clinicians can use them for medication or diagnosis information, personal development, recommendations for clients, and much more.
Mental health apps are expected to become a $600 million industry in 2012, and for good reason. Anyone with a smartphone (such as an iPhone) or tablet (such as an iPad) can download an app and begin using it within seconds. Thousands of mental health apps are free, and thousands more are just 99¢ or a few dollars. The apps do not expire and can be used every day for years.