So I’ve been trying out this new mental wellness app for a few months called Thought Buddy and felt it’d be good to share something which has worked for me.

Hopefully this review would benefit others as well. If you’d like to give it a try, here are the steps to Using Thought Buddy.

(I’m not being paid to write these reviews. Like all posts, this is an unsponsored one and I hope to keep it that way for a long time to come.)

A Buddy For Your Thoughts

Thought BuddyThought Buddy was conceptualised by Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, department of Psychological Medicine. It is the first mental health smartphone app launched in Singapore.

The app is based on Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), a psychological framework that focuses on identifying and restructuring “automatic” thoughts. By “automatic”, I refer to knee-jerk, unprocessed responses.

These automatic thoughts, which occur on a subconscious level, determine the way we perceive and interpret a situation. These perceptions are often coloured by our current state of mind, emotions and past experiences that may not necessarily reflect the actual situation.

Thought Buddy acts as an aid in dissecting these automatic thoughts through a segment that lists out the common unhelpful thinking patterns, or known as Cognitive Distortions.

You can click here for examples of Cognitive Distortions. (Don’t panic if you discover you have more than one of them. There is a reason why they are considered common!)

The App Is Great For:

–       Busy people who spend a lot of time on their phones.

–       People recovering from mental illness, particularly depression and anxiety.

–       Individuals going through stress or emotional distress due to work or other life challenges.

 

What I Like About The App:

–       A good complement to therapy work.

–       Handy and convenient compared to recording thoughts via pen and paper.

–       Increases self-awareness of emotions and thoughts.

–       Builds resilience through analysis of emotions and thoughts.

–       Passcode protected so your information is protected.

Mood Tracker Chart–       Daily “Mood Record” allows you to track trends and patterns across the weeks.

–       In-built alarm to remind you to log in your mood for the day and thoughts.

–       It’s absolutely FREE.

 

 

However:

–       Some level of understanding of CBT will be helpful.

–       A trained therapist/counsellor is still needed to help you work through mental roadblocks or difficult emotions.

–       It’ll be good to allow for multiple alarms and multiple mood entries to track trends that might occur throughout the day.

–       Perhaps it should allow for input of positive thoughts/events instead of negative thoughts/events only.

–       “Thought Record” sectiFeelings Towards Situationon could present feelings pictorially rather than text, as pictures and symbols tend to be more universally understood

–       Would be good to avail this Thought Buddy to non-iPhone users.

 

 

I hope this review has been helpful.

I am currently exploring a couple of other mental health related apps – Axiety! an app designed for people who suffer from panic attacks, and Anti-Stress, for a daily dose of inspiring quotes.

If you know of other apps that have been helpful for you in your recovery journey or state of mental wellness, do leave a comment below!

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