According to a survey conducted by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, there are over 49 million US adults who are suffering from some, or the other kind of anxiety disorders. But most of these patients don’t get effective treatment. The real challenge for mental care providers is to bolster their patients’ anxiety coping ability.
Anxiety coping applications are one of the most powerful tools that help psychiatrists making their patients manage their anxiety levels effectively. But to build an ideal anxiety coping application is not a piece of cake.
There are professionally qualified and experienced healthcare app developers available in the market who are skilled in creating such applications. But before choosing one of them, let’s explore the top five features of a comprehensive anxiety coping application.
These features can support the mental care providers and allow their patients to practice the techniques they learn in a therapy effectively.
- Techniques To Get Relief From Stress
The sole motive of an ideal anxiety coping app is to motivate the patients to overcome anxiety and stress and encourage them to be relaxed. But finding an appropriate relaxation technique for every patient is quite daunting. Even the mental care providers can’t predict what will and what won’t help in such a situation.
One of the vital features of these anxiety coping applications is to provide the patients with different relaxation methods. The patients can try them all out and can find the most appropriate one for them in accordance with their preferences.
To make an anxious patient relaxed, you can incorporate features such as separate sets of interactive meditation sessions (combined with soothing images and music), calming audio tracks and visuals, gamification elements, and breathing technique manuals.
- Breathing Technique Manuals To Help Patients Remain Calm In A Stressful Situation
Breathing techniques help patients with anxiety, to calm down whenever they feel anxious. The mental care providers explain their patients to breathe properly so that they can be relaxed. But when patients experience a stressful situation, they usually forget everything that their caregivers have told them to do.
In such a scenario, the anxiety coping apps comes in the picture. These apps provide the anxious patients with an automatic breathing manual that guides them by showing them a count so that they can take steady deep breaths easily and calm themselves down.
Hypoxia and hyperventilation are two most common psychosomatic symptoms that patients can experience due to anxiety. In such situations, the most important thing is to make patients believe that they are doing fine.
In doing this, in addition to the counter, you can also incorporate a calming animation of lungs being filled with sufficient oxygen in the app design. This animation will encourage the anxious patients to inhale oxygen and not feeling suffocated, as patients in such situations can sometimes feel. As a result of this, the patients begin to follow the animation and calm themselves down.
- Variety Of Interactive Activities To Distract The Patients From Anxiety Inducing Thoughts
For many patients suffering from anxiety, it becomes difficult to overcome the situation until they completely distract them from the thoughts that are causing anxiety. This is where interactive activities come in and help the patients to change their state of mind.
For instance, you can incorporate quiz-like tasks in the anxiety coping apps. In these tasks, the patients are required to remember and list down a specific number of things that share a particular color or quality.
By considering the condition of a patient, the therapists can customize these tasks in such a way so that to make questions more involving and unique. Also, these apps can be fully loaded with actual games like word games, virtual pets or plants, and puzzles, which are both relaxing and engaging.
- Physical Symptom Trackers To Highlight Alarming Results Or Measurements
There are rarely any physical symptoms of anxiety, but a few of these are increasing blood pressure or palpitation rates. These symptoms can be dangerous and can scare the patients more that further leads to building up their anxiety level.
Anxiety coping apps can be used with other devices so that they both can collect and immediately analyze the health data for a particular patient. For example, the lens of the mobile camera can be used to read a patient’s heart rate. Also, the tablets and mobile phones can be connected to different special medical devices. It can facilitate seamless tracking of more complex symptoms such as the blood pressure.
Once measured the anxiety coping app can copy the data into the log. This can provide the patients with an estimate whether the results are unusual or objectively alarming in comparison to those stored in the log history. If the results are unusual or alarming, it can suggest the patient to contact a caregiver immediately. Also, it can automatically send a message to the therapist.
In the cases when results are not objectively alarming, but still not good, the app can suggest the patients how they can deal with the situation on their own. These instructions depend upon the measurements and can provide the patients with some simple tips such as having good rest or getting some extra air. Also, it can suggest them to take extra medication that is approved by the mental care providers for such special situations.
- A Comprehensive Electronic Medication Plan
Most of the patients suffering from anxiety disorders are prescribed to take more than three medication types in different dosages. In such a scenario, an electronic medication plan can be helpful for the patients and the therapists. This plan can be combined with medication intake reminders to make things even easier.
An individual medication plan has to be prepared by a mental health professional on his mobile device for a particular patient. This plan can be made available to the patients so that they can receive regular reminders for taking medicines at the scheduled time. Also, after taking the pill they can mark it as “taken” in the plan. It will help the therapists to check whether the patient is following the medication scheme correctly.
It can also help the mental care professionals to make planned modifications to the medication scheme. For example, if a therapist has planned to decrease the dosage of a certain medication after it is being taken for a certain period. In such a case, after updating the schedule, the therapist can send a notification to the patient so that they can pay attention to the changes.
Anxiety coping apps empower patients with the capacity to speed up their recovery by offering seamless tracking of physical symptoms, stress relief techniques, and following the medication plan properly.