Our Topic Today: The Anxiety Problem
- Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18% of the population. (Source: National Institute of Mental Health)
- Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only about one-third of those suffering receive treatment
Why people couldn’t receive treatments?
- inadequate support centres, services or professional help
- don’t feel like they needed to go to therapies
- don’t want to be stigmatized
The Self-help Anxiety Management App
- developed by a university team of psychologists from the University of the West of England
- a clear interface with 8 sections
Working with SAM How’s my anxiety right now?
Things that make me anxious Anxiety tracker
Help for anxiety NOW Self-help with SAM
My anxiety toolkit Social cloud
Work with SAM
- what’s in this app
- how to use it
- helplines and where you can go to if you feel intense anxiety
How’s my anxiety right now?
- track your anxiety level
- four different types: feelings of anxiety and tension, worrying thoughts, unpleasant physical sensations, avoiding things I fear
- show your anxiety level graphically
- monitor your own anxiety pattern
- can choose which anxiety category you want to show
- can choose the time range your records are displayed on – by months, weeks, days or even by hours
Things that make me anxious
- list out your anxiety
- places, people or situations that make you feel anxious
Self-help with SAM
- Reading materials on anxiety
- Thinking and anxiety
- knowing your thinking patterns and challenging those anxious thoughts
- Recommended: the Positivity Practice, training your brain to think positively
- Relaxation physical
- dealing with our physical sensations when we are anxious
- Recommended: Tense-and-relax exercise
- Relaxation mental
- More advanced, requires more mental effort
- Recommended: the Worry Half-hour, allocating a set time for worrying thoughts and preparation for anxious situations
- Health and anxiety
- provides information about how anxiety influences our health, and vice versa
- Recommended: Mystical Monitor, recording the progress of your life, gaining self-awareness of your worries and improvements
- Take small steps
- gives a simple-to-follow step-by-step guide to manage your anxiety associated with specific situations
- works like a behavioral method called systematic desensitization, helping people overcome phobias
- Step 1: learn the relaxation techniques
- Step 2: list out a hierarchy of situation causing you anxious
- Step 3: rate how anxious you are imagining one of those situations on a 1 to 10 scale
- Step 4: practice the relaxation techniques when imagining your anxious moments/situations
- Step 5: record your anxiety level again
- Start with the situation you rated least anxious before jumping into an upper level of the hierarchy
My anxiety toolkit
- Add exercise you find useful in this app your anxiety toolkit
- share support and guidance about managing anxiety
- a community to back you up
- ask/exchange questions about the techniques you learned
- quick and simple registration, type your username and email address for password recovery
- links and websites to manage your anxiety
- no anxious thoughts will disappear overnight just because you do an exercise
- train your brain to renew the thinking patterns
- Be patient always
Download links for the SAM app:
Apple Store: for iOS devices
Google play: for Android devices
SAM App Walkthrough Video:
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