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Behavioral Health Apps For Your Android Phone

"As the computing power of cell phones increases, more and more sophisticated mobile apps are being developed for the mental health field," according to a PBS report entitled Mental Health Apps: Like A 'Therapist In Your Pocket' by Michelle Trudeau. "They can work as a way to bridge periodic therapy sessions — a sort of 24-7 mobile therapist that can help with everything from quitting smoking to treating anxiety to detecting relapses in psychotic disorders," she said.

These are a few examples of applications that I have tested. I encourage patients to try them out. Some allow electronic sharing of data that you enter with healthcare providers. If electronic interaction interests you, please bring it up in a counseling session so we can weigh what risk and benefits the practice might have for you in your treatment. Such tools should NOT be used to communicate in an emergency. In the event of an urgent need, call 911 or other crisis service.


LIFESTYLE

Wunderlist is designed to help you get organized and be more productive. Arrange your to-do lists on the go and synchronize them with your free Wunderlist account. View and modify your tasks on Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad and the Web. Powered by creative workline (http://www.creativeworkline.com).

DataHabit reminds you to keep track of the data that is important to you. Use it to track mood changes, hours of sleep, exercise workouts, pain levels, weight, count calories, adult acne, herpes outbreaks, sexual functioning, incontinence, pregnancy events, pills consumption, number of coffee cups or cigarettes you had today (to help measure your progress toward quitting), or any other data you want to monitor.

Memoires: The Diary gives a way to quickly enter life moments, thought, memories or notes, capture photos, audio or insert images from gallery. Memoires automatically detects and attaches to a memo the location, addresses, weather and moon phases. It accepts text and images from other apps. Powered by Victor Nakonechny.

MOOD LOGGING

EmoCube Social Diary (free) - A personal diary that helps you keep track of your emotions along your life and share them with your friends. Powered by Emocube.

eMoods Bipolar Mood Tracker (free or donation) - Track your moods for treatment of bipolar and other mood and anxiety disorders, including monitoring daily depressed and elevated moods, symptoms, sleep, and medications and email your doctor a printable chart at the end of each month. Mood journaling is part of cognitive behavioral therapy and other treatments for bipolar, depression, and other mood and anxiety disorders. Use this app with your mental healthcare providers. Powered by Emood Tracker Mood Charting.

T2 Mood Tracker was released by the US Army to allow users to self-monitor, track and reference emotional experience over days, weeks, and months using a visual analogue rating scale. Self-monitor emotional experiences associated with common behavioral health issues like PTSD, brain injury, life stress, depression and anxiety, with notes on environmental influences. Results can be a self-help tool or can be shared with a therapist or other healthcare provider as a record of the patient’s emotional experience over time. Other excellent behavioral health applications have been released by the National Center for Telehealth.

NUTRITION

Fooducate uses UPC bar codes to decode nutrition facts labels and ingredient lists so you can scan and choose healthy groceries. Over 200,000 unique UPCs! As featured in USAToday, NYTimes, WSJ, Lifehacker, Gizmodo and on ABC, FOX, NBC and more. Powered by Fooducate.

Recovery Record helps you manage your eating disorder discretely from your phone. Perfect for managing bulimia and anorexia nervosa, Recovery Record includes activities to help you get past your eating disorder. Self monitoring activities include: > Scheduled reminders, > Keeping a food record, > Recording your mood, > Keeping a thought diary. This app can be used in conjunction with your therapist to show how your eating habits deviate from a healthy diet plan and understanding behavioural triggers. Recovery Record prompts you every time you eat or drink something, so you don’t forget. Its aim is to help you understand what happens when you eat and importantly, to help you recover! Learn more at recoveryrecord.com.

PoopLog lets you to track your bowel movements using the Bristol Stool Scale on your Android device. Once you record the type of bowel movement, volume, and time, this app allows you to attach a note and/or photo, and to share any part of your entry with other installed applications (such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, SMS, Email, etc.) Also features an extensive reporting option allowing export to a text file for easy reference by a healthcare provider.

PAIN MANAGEMENT

Headache Journal (free or PRO version) lets you track and see trends with your headaches & migraines. If you suffer from headaches, the most useful thing for your doctor to help you diagnose it is a journal of the most recent instances. Powered by Blue Pegasus.

Manage My Pain Lite (free or PRO version) - Record, track, analyze, and share your chronic pain. Generate, view and share reports; import and export your data. Powered by Life Control Softwaare.

Pain Log is a simple but useful application for android mobile devices. Do you have regular body aches and pains? Do you suffer from migraines or a disease that regularly manifests symptoms? This app is perfect for you! Keep a useful log for every time you experience pain. An enormous help when you need to contact your doctor and fill him/her in on your injuries and afflictions. > Create a color coded list of your Pain Events > Email your entry to a doctor or friend > Take a Picture of Affected Areas > Keep Track of Location, Pain Level, Date, and Treatment! Powered by Ksitij Grover

PARENTING

AndNursingLog (free or PRO version) tracks breast feedings and bottle nursing of your baby. AndNursingLog helps mothers track feeding length and frequency, formula volume fed, and last breast used to feed. This application allows for exporting of the feeding history to a spreadsheet. Tracking for multiple babies possible.

Annet's Event Logger is a simple and efficient Event Log. Annet uses it to track when she starts feeding her baby and stuff. But you can us it for tracking all kinds of events, the buttons (including their color) are configurable. The log shows a list of events and their times.

Behavior Status (free or donation Keep track of child's behavior with this simple app. Great for teachers too. Behavior Status is aimed at Parents and Teachers alike. Use it to ecord the daily behavior of your child or an entire classroom. Behavior Status is easily recoded using the simple Green/Yellow/Red stoplight mechanism currently employed by many schools, daycares and parents alike. Great for use in teaching kids with Autism or ADD/ADHD. The app also lets you view behavior changes over time on a child by child basis using the color coded calendar view. Use this history information to help encourage good behavior with simple rewards. Recent updates added the ability to store notes as you make status changes and better support for teachers.

PHYSICAL FITNESS

JEFIT is a professional weight training/bodybuilding app designed by serious bodybuilders to improve your gym workout, tracking body statistics, creating custom routines, detailed exercise database, and two-way synchronization with online server to store information and keep logs of progress. This app is useful for bodybuilding and fitness enthusiasts alike, a great way to keep track of workout data without the use of a paper and pad. Synchronize your iPhone workout data with your Online Profile, store information and data on the JEFIT Server and recover info in an instant. For more information, see JEFIT.com.

MapMyFITNESS Fitness is a suite of applications that tracks your route, distance, pace, and more in real-time using GPS. brings you its mobile app for Android-based devices! Now owners of Android 2.1 or higher devices can track the route, time, distance, speed, pace and calories in real-time for their fitness activities using their GPS enabled mobile device. Great for fitness, hiking, weight loss, calorie counting, and more, and is an integral part of the MapMyWALK platform, by MapMyFITNESS which also offers MapMyRUN Run GPS Running Jog, MapMyRIDE Riding Cycling GPS, MapMyWALK+, MapMyRIDE Riding Cycling GPS, and MapMyHIKE. If your phone supports it, you can now connect via BlueTooth 4.0 LE to a compliant Heart Rate strap.

OptumizeMe With OptumizeMe, you can challenge friends, family, co-workers and even total strangers to contests designed to help everyone get healthy. “Who can walk the most steps?” “Who an be first to run 100 miles?” “Who can eat six servings of vegetables a day?” You can create your own health challenges based on your personal interests or you can pick from our list of existing health challenges. You can even join others’ challenges, too. Then the fun really begins. OptumizeMe is an app that is built around the power of social networking. You can invite friends, family or the entire state to be a part of your challenge. You can motivate your teammates or you can trash talk your opponents. You can post your progress to Facebook. Powered by OptumHealth.

Urine Color Chart checks your hydration level with a simple chart of urine and pee colors representing levels of hydration for healthy people, as well as information on urine coloration and hydration habits. Easy to use for athletes, trekkers, campers, and others.

WOMEN'S HEALTH

My Physical Condition Calendar will log and calculate the menstrual period automatically using the Ogino formula and predict the next ovulation date, the next period and will display it on the calendar. Also, you can check your weight and basal body temperature on a beautiful graph. You can write memos and add icons that you like on the calendar every day, so you have the freedom to manage all the information your way. Powered by Zanmai Seikatsu.

OvuView is an advanced birth control tool or a simple menstrual calendar. It helps you to maximize your chances of either conceiving or avoiding pregnancy using natural contraception; plan your next holiday with future menstruation and ovulation dates predicted; track weight, headache, appetite, PMS and other symptoms. Replaces sympto-thermal paper charts with a more convenient way of charting based on your cycle symptoms (such as menses, basal body temperature, cervical mucus and/or cervix), OvuView automatically evaluates and charts your fertility using proven natural family planning (NFP) methods. In particular, 4 sympto-thermal (Billings, Rötzer, Konald/Kippley, Cautious), 5 mucus-only (5 Day Dry Up, Döring, 21/20 Days Rule, Last Dry Day, 4/5/6 Day Rule), 3 temperature-only (Marshall, 4HT, 5HT) and 2 calendar methods (Standard Days Method, Calendar Rythm Method) are implemented. Powered by SleekBit.

Period Calendar monitors ovulation, fertility, menstruation, physical symptoms, moods, intercourse, weight, temperature, pills taken, and notes. It is simple to use and secure. Switch accounts if you need to track period for different persons. Allows sending of data to your healthcare provider.

PMS Calendar is an application which helps you track a history of your period and sexual activity, as well as moods, special events of a day, manage your healthcare appointments, call your provider directly from application, and set reminders to take your pills. Powered by Mapiko.