SAM (Self-help anxiety management) app review

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SAM (Self-help anxiety management) is a freely available app created by the University of West England. The goal of this app is to provide tools to accurately track one’s anxiety, provide techniques to measure one’s anxiety, and to access social support from other anxiety sufferers. The app offers many lessons, exercises, and informational messages for individuals suffering from anxiety.

From my own individual standpoint of an OCD/anxiety/depression sufferer, some of the exercises were very helpful, and some weren’t. For example, in the app, there is a section called “Help for Anxiety NOW”, where there are mini exercises for 1-5 minutes to help with your anxiety attacks. For one of exercises “called Picture Peace”, you had to choose one of the “peaceful images”, rub it to make it appear, and allow your eyes to move over the image, and not to concentrate on what you are thinking. From my experience, the most effective method of combating anxiety is to work directly with it, not to find distractions. An example of an effective exercise would be the “A simple meditation exercise”, where it provides simple instructions on how to meditate effectively for 5 minutes.

This app is great for individuals who are motivated and can set their own goals, but not so much for people who need a more customized approach to anxiety treatment. The app has instructions on how to monetize it effectively, and there are instructions for each exercise. It’s easy to figure out how to use the app once you read the instructions.

 

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