Approximately one third of the population will suffer from a mental health disorder at least once in their lifetime. Studies show that psychotherapy helps with many disorders, such as anxiety and depression. However, the effects often decrease noticeably over time as people fall back into old, unhelpful behavioral patterns and newly learned (more helpful) strategies are forgotten. Push-Notifications via an app with daily exercises are a sensible way for people with mental disorders to be reminded of these new skills and to maintain symptom reduction over the long-term.
This is where the app comes in: The toothbrush for the soul.
With this new app, users will receive daily push messages with short exercises. Just as daily tooth brushing helps your teeth stay healthy, short but regular exercises help to preserve one’s mental well-being over the long run. The app incorporates our research group’s many years of experience creating therapy materials and self-help concepts, some of which have found their way into psychotherapy treatment guidelines.
The new app is based on a beta version, the efficacy of which our research group at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf has already successfully tested. After four weeks of use, people with depressive problems felt noticeably better compared to a control group (published in 2018 in the journal Psychiatry Research). To get an idea of what this app is like, please take a look at screenshots from the beta versions of the app in the gallery below.
One of the features includes the option to personalize the app. Other new features include the ability to delete, rewrite or insert exercises. This makes the app a very personalized companion for the time after, during or before therapy! Like other programs from our research group, the app will be offered free of charge and translated into other languages.
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