Friday, October 05, 2012
Mayo Clinic released the "Anxiety Coach" mobile app
Mayo Clinic Anxiety Coach is a comprehensive self-help tool for reducing a wide variety of fears and worries from extreme shyness to obsessions and compulsions. Anxiety Coach helps you make a list of feared activities and then guides you through mastering them one by one. Through this experience you can increase your confidence as you become less fearful and worried.
Anxiety Coach was developed by two clinical psychologists recognized as experts in the treatment of anxiety disorders. Dr. Stephen P. H. Whiteside is the director of the Pediatric Anxiety Disorders Program at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Jonathan Abramowitz is an internationally known expert on adult anxiety disorders at the University of North Carolina.
The strategies used in Anxiety Coach are based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), the most effective psychotherapy for fears and worries. In CBT people increase their confidence by gradually confronting situations that they have avoided out of fear. Research has demonstrated that CBT is more effective for anxiety than other approaches that rely on teaching people to relax.
With Mayo Clinic Anxiety Coach you can:
•Take a short self-test to measure the severity of your fears and worries
•Make a personal plan to target your individual fears and worries
•Browse a library of over 500 activities that other people have found help to master a wide variety of fears and worries including:
osocial anxiety, obsessions and compulsions, specific fears, separation anxiety, panic attacks, trauma related anxiety, and general worries.
•Track your anxiety while you’re challenging your fears and worries in real-life situations
•Record and view your progress
•Learn about when anxiety becomes a problem and how to seek treatment
Learn more about this app here.