Mental Health Apps Are Not As Private As You Think

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Mental health apps have been in demand for a while now, but since the pandemic, their popularity grew by over 500%. I downloaded and used a few myself — mainly to help me fall asleep after a stressful day at work. 

However, these apps aren’t as trustworthy as you think. Mental health apps secretly pass on your data to their business partners behind your back. It’s not just a few basic facts either: the shared data often contains your address, full name, occupation, marital status, symptoms you’re experiencing, daily moods, and a lot more.

Talk about trust issues, huh? Luckily, there are some ways you can limit what the apps know about you and still get the help you need. We’ll show you how.

How Mental Health Apps Work and Why They Matter

Mental health apps can improve your psychological well-being. Their services range from breathing lessons and guided meditation, to one-on-one chats with volunteers or therapists. This lets you get help for anything you need, whether that’s PTSD, depression, anxiety, or addiction.

The most appealing aspect of mental health apps is their price and comfort of use. You don’t have to leave the house to see a psychologist — they’re right there on your phone! 

Best of all, they cut the cost of therapy by a huge margin. Many mental health apps are even available for free, which makes therapy accessible to those who would never be able to afford it otherwise.

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