The use of smartphone apps to treat mental health conditions like depression and anxiety is on the rise, but how do they stack up clinically?
An estimated three million Australians are living with depression and anxiety. For many, downloading an app is a quick and easy way to cope with their symptoms. Experts estimate there are more than 10,000 mental health apps available for public download, and they’re touted as the future of treatment as well as preventative care. But how do these apps stack up clinically – and are they as effective as face-to-face care from a therapist?