10 Best iPhone and Android Apps for Anxiety 2012
Check out this year's top Apps for anxiety patients
10 Best Apps for Anxiety
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults or close to 20 percent of the population.
Treatment options may include CBT therapy, medication, meditation, relaxation exercises, and behavior modification. Some even turn to their smartphones for support when they feel particularly anxious. The following 10 apps are some of the most popular and effective.
Please note: Healthline Networks does not endorse or warrant for fitness of purpose any of these applications. These apps have not been evaluated for medical accuracy by Healthline Networks and unless otherwise indicated, haven’t been approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA).
Equanimity - Meditation Timer & Tracker
iPhone - 4.5 stars with 98 ratings - $4.99
Doctors and therapists agree that one of the single best strategies in combating anxiety is a meditation practice. Whether you're new to meditation or a seasoned pro, Equanimity - Meditation Timer & Tracker is a great accessory.
This popular app, with its simple and inviting visual design, times your sittings with interval chimes and a closing gong tone, so you know where you are within each sitting. It also enables you to journal about your practice and record how regularly and for how often you've been meditating, which is great for tracking progress over the course of the year.
iPhone - 4 stars with 25,658 ratings - Free
Android - 4.7 stars with 2,061 ratings - Free
According to a recent CDC study, over one third of the population is getting inadequate sleep. When suffering from anxiety, the probability of not getting enough shut eye only increases.
Enter Relax Melodies, one of the most popular sleep-inducing apps, featuring 46 high-quality ambient and binaural sounds such as "river," "wind chimes," and "monkchant." Just mix your favorite sounds with different volumes to create your own personal melodies, lie down, play your mix with optional astral animation effects, and your eyelids will be drooping before you count your first sheep. Just don't forget to set the accompanying alarm or you might never get out of bed.
iPhone - 4 stars with 382 ratings - Free
Along with meditation, hypnotherapy is another widely-used tool in the treatment of anxiety disorders. The Anxiety Free app features a calming and relaxing 30-minute iCan Hypnosis audio, which sends subliminal signals to your subconscious for truer behavior modification.
Just play it in a quiet and safe environment, close your eyes, and learn to master the audio recording's techniques of self hypnosis, which makers recommend you do three times a week to start and then as needed to combat your anxiety, stress, and tension.
iPhone - 4.5 stars with 131 Ratings - Free
Android - 4.4 stars with 37 ratings - 10K–50K installs in the last 30 days - Free
Deep breathing is a great tool in combating the onset of an anxiety attack. If you're finding yourself feeling stressed and tensed, take a break with Breathe2Relax.
This well-reviewed app will coach you on the toll that stress is taking on you emotionally and physically and then will introduce you to and teach you the art of diaphragmatic breathing, proven to quell unnecessary fight-or-flight adrenaline responses and promote better mood stabilization.
Acupressure: Treat Yourself
Android - 4.4 stars with 77 ratings - 5K-10K installs in the last 30 days - Free
iPhone - 4 stars with 8 ratings - $1.99
You may have experienced the benefits of acupressure massage at your local day spa. Now you can use this ancient point massage to manage your anxiety.
Acupressure: Treat Yourself brings the wonders of this safe, DIY healing art to your phone with 90 point combinations for different situations, so you can "treat yourself" on the go. With illustrated instructions, you'll learn how to use your fingers on key pressure points to release muscular tension and increase blood circulation – both of which have the benefit of reducing anxiety.
Qi Gong Meditation Relaxation
Android - 4.1 stars with 215 ratings - Free
Qigong, which translates to mean "life energy cultivation," is an ancient Chinese practice of breath, movement, and awareness alignment.
The Qi Gong Meditation Relaxation app brings the age-old practice's positive effects to users on the go. Discover the benefits of Qigong courtesy of meditation videos, provided by Dr. Monica Frank, an experienced psychologist and Qigong practitioner, along with a series of relaxation audios that teach breathing, muscle relaxation, and guided imagery relaxation, with such whimsical titles as "Sunrise on the Beach" and "Magical Forest for Children (and the Young at Heart)," and pretty soon you'll be all puppies and rainbows.
Nature Sounds Relax and Sleep
Android - 4.4 stars with 2,664 ratings - 100K-500K installs in the last 30 days - Free
There's perhaps nothing more relaxing than falling asleep to the sounds of nature on a weekend camping excursion. Nature Sounds Relax and Sleep brings soothing, therapeutic, natural sounds to your smartphone, every time you get the yen for an outdoor retreat from it all.
Select from a list of high-quality, natural sounds: thunder, ocean, birds, rain, waterfall, jungle nights, and more, with visually-stunning, accompanying wallpaper — and you'll go from nervous and restless to sleeping like a baby in no time.
Calming Music to Simplicity
Android - 4.3 stars with 236 ratings - 50K–100K installs in the last 30 days - Free
Growing up, nothing made you feel safer and more contained than being held by your mother, as she sang you to sleep with a beautiful lullaby. The Calming Music to Simplicity can't recreate your childhood for you, but it does come close with a light, Chinese-inspired music collection that is perfectly suited to accompany a Tai Chi practice or meditation.
Calming Music to Simplicity brings tranquility with nine pieces of traditional Chinese music, picturesque Asian-inspired, accompanying imagery, and thorough descriptions, so you learn proper techniques to achieve the myriad benefits of relaxation from worry.
Worry Box---Anxiety Self-Help
Android - 4.4 stars with 213 ratings - 10K-50K installs in the last 30 days - Free
Anyone who's done guided meditation for anxiety before knows that one of the best ways to handle worries is to contain them. Worry Box---Anxiety Self-Help helps you package those concerns and more.
Use the built-in cognitive diary to help you cope with the worry, listen to the Worry Box audio to discover an exercise to better manage worry, read articles about how cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) can help you handle worry, and listen to relaxation audios that will just make all your worries melt away.
Stop Panic & Anxiety Self-Help
Android - 4.5 stars with 376 ratings - 50K–100K installs in the last 30 days - Free
If anxiety or panic attacks are rendering you powerless, regain control with the Stop Panic & Anxiety Self-Help app. Read articles about ways to control panic/anxiety through cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), learn to challenge fearful thinking with the provided diary, and calm the panic with a variety of audio recordings that you can use before, after, and even during a dreaded panic attack.
Use the Best Apps for Anxiety
According to the NIMH, the average age of onset of anxiety disorders, which many researchers today believe develop from a mix of risk factors, including genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and history, is 11-years-old, but many develop an anxiety disorder later in adulthood. No matter when you first experience anxiety or panic, it's both terrifying and life-changing.
But you're certainly not alone. So talk to friends and family, who've been there, too, as well as your healthcare provider and learn about treatment options, which can be used in conjunction with the aforementioned apps.
We selected these anxiety apps based on their potential to aid people with anxiety and their loved ones in a number of ways. Additional factors considered in selecting these apps included: user ratings, affordability, accessibility, format, functionality, and relevance to anxiety and its community's needs. Together, this collection represents the gamut of helpful iPhone and Android apps that are successfully designed to make life with anxiety more manageable.