Patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which is also known as ALS, sometimes go hand in hand with anxiety and depression. This condition takes a toll on their mental health due to the challenges they face in their everyday lives. But it is especially tough now that there is a pandemic.
“The strong emotions evoked by receiving a serious diagnosis such as ALS may also lead to increased risk of mental illnesses, including depression. Multiple studies have shown that patients with ALS are more likely to develop depression than ALS-free individuals, although the reported prevalence of depression varies greatly,” Per M. Roos, M.D, Ph.D., and co-authors, discovered from their study entitled “Depression in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.”
According to research, some individuals are still not that comfortable seeking the help of mental health professionals. If you are one of these, these experts recommend trying mental health apps at this time of the pandemic. These will guide you through your emotions while battling ALS.
Headspace is perfect for beginners who are just entering the art of meditation. If you are struggling in managing your fear during this pandemic, you can give this app a try. This program offers a series of meditation lectures that tackle various topics such as stress, anxiety, sleep, and physical exercise.
One useful feature of this is the sleep casts feature dedicated to providing you a soothing audio experience that will help you drift into a slumber in just minutes. It also has 2 to 3 minutes of meditation to take care of your mental shift should your brain is still at its hyper mode.
The primary goal of Moodfit is to “shape up” your mood. During quarantine, it is equally challenging to keep the state of both mental and physical state at par without outside help. Compare it with apps that help you get into physical shape. The same goes for this program, where it seeks to guide you to achieve the best mental shape possible.
What’s good about this app is that it tailor its approach depending on your current situation. It asks you to answer a questionnaire that will help you determine where your condition stands and its severity.
Moodfit serves as a platform for tracking your mood. With the data that you are recording in this app, you will gradually realize what things affect your emotion. You can use these insights to come up with strategies to feel better. Don’t worry. The app also gives its suggestions on how you can recover.
Smiling Mind aims to target both mindfulness and meditation. It provides you with several 10-minute activities that you should undergo daily to improve your mental health. Although Smiling Mind has guided meditations for adults, its program is mostly for children who are having a hard time coping with their conditions. Since going to medical facilities is strongly discouraged during this time, except for emergencies, this app is useful for parents.
Mood Mission assists individuals who are dealing with depression, anxiety, and stress. This app gives out missions based on the user’s emotions, and these missions aim to improve both your skills and your mood. Some examples of these activities include the following:
- Thought-based missions where they’ll teach you how to reframe negative emotions and thoughts;
- Behavior-based missions where you’ll learn how to sew, crochet, or knit;
- Emotion-based missions where they’ll give you breathing exercises; and
- Physical-based missions where you’ll have to undergo a series of physical exercises.
Take note that MoodMission does not only let you do this for the sake of distracting you. Instead, it will explain to you how each activity can help you in your situation, what its objectives are, and how you can do it to make it useful.
The developers of Happier established this app to serve as a personal mindfulness coach. It is there to observe and regulate your feelings daily. It also teaches you how to maximize the positives in life, such as peace, joy, and happiness.
The app achieves this by offering meditation exercises, inspirational quotes, and courses on health well-being and happiness. It can also serve as your diary. There’s a feature where you can record the things that you are most grateful for and why you are feeling that way. You also have the opportunity to communicate with your fellow users so you can ask help just in case you are feeling down.