App Review: MindShift

MindShift advertises itself as a free anxiety resource. It offers a wealth of coping skills and supports that anyone can use.

Home Screen

When you sign on to your account, you can track your feeling that day: Awful, Bad, Ok, Good, or Great. This is a bit vague, but this can be helpful for people who might not always have a feeling word for how they are doing.

When you have tracked your feelings for several days, you can review the data to find patterns. You can also learn about different kinds of anxiety, including General Worry, Social Anxiety, Perfectionism, Panic, and Phobias. The app also has tools for changing thought patterns, calming down, and changing behaviors.

Welcome to MindShift!

The app lets you set goals for yourself and helps you create measurable, attainable goals with specific steps for how you will achieve them. It even prompts you to decide when you think you can reasonable reach your goals!

Home Screen

The blue smiling face at the bottom of the app offers “quick relief” for your anxiety symptoms: Take a breath, Shift your thinking, Ground yourself, Take a small step, and Get help. These quick coping skills can help in a pinch to de-escalate yourself, as well as resources for immediate crisis if you are in the United States or Canada.

If you are dealing with anxiety and need another app in your toolbox, this is a great one to check out.

Published by Dr Marschall

Dr. Amy Marschall received her Psy.D. from the University of Hartford in September 2015. Her clinical interests are varied and include child and adolescent therapy, TF-CBT, rural psychology, telemental health, sexual and domestic violence, psychological assessment, and mental illness prevention. Dr. Marschall presently works in the Child and Adolescent Therapy Clinic at Sioux Falls Psychological Services in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where she provides individual and family therapy and psychological assessment to children, adolescents, and college students. She also facilitates an art therapy group for adolescents and college students with anxiety and depression. Dr. Amy Marschall is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Telemental Health.

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