Ready to learn about some of the amazing ways your smartphone can help you lead a happier, healthier life in 2020? Check out the infographic from A Place for Mom for the top mental health apps. 

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From PTSD to depression, mental health conditions are becoming more common among American adults and adolescents. Alarmingly, the National Association for Mental Illness reports that 1 in every 5 adults experience symptoms of a mental health condition each year. 

In addition, NAMI reports that: 

  • 1 in 6 American adolescents (ages 6-17) experience a mental health disorder each year
  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10–34 

Even with widespread prevalence, only 43.3% of adults with mental health conditions received treatment in 2018. Expensive healthcare costs, social stigmas, and lack of education about mental health may be causing many Americans to resist seeking treatment. However, professional treatment is incredibly effective in reducing the symptoms of many mental health conditions. 

Professional treatment comes in many forms and depending on the type of mental illness, can be simple to obtain. From cognitive behavioral therapy to the proper use of antidepressant medications, help is available for the millions of Americans living with a mental health concern. Those who do not seek this treatment are at greater risk of developing other health conditions, being hospitalized, or attempting suicide. 

In addition to expert medical care, it can be helpful to actively monitor the symptoms of a mental health condition at home. Tracking your mood, habits, and sleep quality can help you and your doctor identify patterns and triggers in your mental and emotional health. Many mobile apps are available to help you do just this. 

Of course, a mobile app is not a replacement for professional treatment. If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition, it’s important to visit a medical expert first. A primary care physician, clinical psychiatrist, or certified counselor can offer the professional care and medical treatment needed to treat the condition. A mobile app should be used only as a supplement to this professional treatment. 

For immediate help in the event of a mental health crisis, use the following resources immediately. 

Mental Health apps for your phone

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More Insights: You might also find this article on women and anxiety insightful!

Author: Marielle Lea writes for A Place for Mom and loves putting pen to paper (or fingertips to keyboard) whenever she can. In her spare time, Marielle loves to be with her family, enjoying the outdoors and finding the next great taco truck! 

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