Anxiety, bipolar disorder and depression are considered mood disorders; conditions that affect almost one in ten adults. A person with an anxiety disorder feels so much distress that it keeps them from leading a normal life. Bipolar disorder is a serious mental illness that causes a person’s mood to go through extreme ups and downs. People suffering from depression have long periods of feeling sadness and hopelessness. Symptoms of mood disorders can be managed by therapy or medication, or both.
Managing an anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder, or depression can be a confusing experience for newly diagnosed patients and their caregivers. To learn about the specific kinds of providers that might make up your health care team, as well as the services, programs, support groups, and organizations that can help you manage these mental health disorders, visit the Managing an Anxiety Disorder page, Managing Bipolar Disorder page, or Managing Depression page.
These sites allow patients to discuss their experiences with illnesses, treatments, and other health matters. Any information or opinions posted are those of the forum users themselves and are not a substitute for professional medical advice.
Mobile apps and tools can provide you with easy-to-use information and resources that can serve as one part of your overall strategy to become and stay healthy.
Breathe2Relax is a stress management tool which provides detailed information on the effects of stress. It includes instructions for breathing exercises. Free. iOS, Android.
T2 Mood Tracker allows users to monitor their moods on six pre-loaded scales (anxiety, stress, depression, brain injury, post-traumatic stress, general well-being) or custom scales. Free. iOS, Android, and Kindle.
WhatsMyM3 assesses a user’s risk of anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, or PTSD. Results can be tracked over time. Free. iOS, Android.
The Virtual Hope Box (VHB) is a smartphone application designed for use by patients and their behavioral health providers as an accessory to treatment. The VHB contains simple tools to help patients with coping, relaxation, distraction, and positive thinking. Free. iOS, Android.
Resources selected by Sarah Jeong, Wake Forest University,
Last reviewed January 30, 2019