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5 Mental Health Apps for Depression

Feeling sad or depressed? These apps can help improve your mood.

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If you're suffering from depression, know that you're not alone. Depression, or major depressive disorder, impacts over 16.1 million American adults, or about 6.7 percent of the national populationmore

If you're suffering from depression, know that you're not alone. Depression, or major depressive disorder, impacts over 16.1 million American adults, or about 6.7 percent of the national population age 18, and older each year, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. In fact, It's the leading cause of disability in the U.S. for ages 15 to 44. If you're experiencing symptoms, such as sadness, loss of concentration and interest, or persistent fatigue, you'd do well to speak to your doctor about treatment options, such as talk therapy or medication. Here are some apps that may help in the short term. Note: If you're in crisis, you should call 911 or contact a medical professional, a suicide hotline, or even the Crisis Text Line, which puts a trained counselor just a text away.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the symptoms of depressions?
Feeling sad, loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities, changes in appetite, sleep issues, loss of energy, decreased self-esteem, difficulty concentrating, and thoughts of death or suicide.
How can you treat depression?
After a diagnosis, a doctor may recommend any number of treatments, including talk therapy and meditation. In some cases, they may also prescribe medication.
What is depression?
Depression, or major depressive disorder, according to the American Psychiatric Association, is defined as an illness that causes feelings of sadness or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. However, symptoms must last at least two weeks for a depression diagnosis.

Top Depression Apps

What's Up?

What's Up?

Relying on cognitive-behavioral-therapy and acceptance-commitment-therapy principles, What's Up? offers myriad ways to treat depression, including simple methods to overcome distorted thinking, a comprehensive diary to record your thoughts and rate your feelings, a habit tracker to keep you moving upward, a grounding game for when things feel too overwhelming, over 70 positive quotes to keep you inspired, and an in-app forum to keep you connected to others who are struggling. The app is free, but donations are encouraged.

Daily Feats

Daily Feats

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One of the most effective ways of bringing a greater sense of satisfaction into your life is through daily accomplishments -- everything from cleaning your room to meeting new people. Daily Feats motivates you to track these positive activities, so you end your day feeling productive. (Free)

Happify

Happify

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Happify provides personalized games and activities that train your brain to conquer negative thoughts, better cope with stress, and achieve success. (Free to $299.99)

Daylio

Daylio

Daylio enables you to track your moods and activities and then generates monthly and yearly reports to help you discover which activities may be contributing to your depression. If you'd prefer to keep a more old-fashioned diary, Daylio lets you do that, too. (Free to $2.99)

Thought Challenger

Thought Challenger

Developed by Northwestern University, Thought Challenger forces you to challenge your negative thinking and cognitive distortions with mini-interviews to uncover if it's really all as catastrophic as you think. The answer is probably not. (Free)