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June 2, 2017       
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Excel At Life's Depression CBT Self-Help Guide in Healthline's Best Apps for Depression
by Monica A. Frank, PhD

Healthline Best Apps Depression 2017
Five years in a row Depression CBT Self-Help Guide has been selected by Healthline as one of the Best Apps for Depression.

Depression CBT Self-Help Guide was designed by Dr. Monica Frank based upon 30 years of experience as a cognitive-behavioral therapist treating depression and anxiety. The app provides many of the cognitive-behavioral methods that she used with clients -- in an easier to use format than paper-and-pencil!

One of the central features of the app is the Cognitive Diary in which a person can record events that caused distress, evaluate their emotions and self-talk, and choose statements to help challenge the self-talk. This is a core feature of CBT and can be most helpful when shared with a therapist.

In addition, the app contains a feature to help track depression-fighting activities. It provides a list of CBT methods to choose from that is also fully customizable to add personally-relevant activities. The concept is to encourage these activities and a graph is provided to view progress.

And, of course, many of the articles and audio's available at Excel At Life's website are included in the app.

Frequently, people ask about an iPhone app. Although this app isn't available for the iPhone, what many people don't know is that an inexpensive ($45) Android tablet listed on Amazon can work very well with Excel At Life's apps. A data plan is not necessary as the tablets can be used with wifi. So if you have an iPhone, for a minor investment you can use this app on an Android tablet.

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