Antistress

The home screen on the Antistress app

I’d like to share one of my favorite therapy apps: Antistress. I actually first heard about this app from a client who had found it helpful. The app basically has several sensory items and activities that can help with boredom, fidgeting, anxiety, and self-regulation. There is a free version and a paid version, with the paid version taking a one-time fee to unlock more choices, but you can also temporarily unlock the paid version by watching an add. (Usually I try to only recommend apps that are free to download.)

They update regularly with new options, and there is a way to submit suggestions to the developers. Although some of the options have the feel of a flash game, the activities are focused on mindfulness and are appropriate for kids of all ages. I’ve shared screenshots of some of my favorite choices. Which is your favorite?

Who doesn’t love a virtual fidget spinner?
This stress ball screams when you throw it around the screen.
Virtual glass for when you want to smash something
Prompting for belly breaths
And, of course, virtual bubble wrap!

Published by Amy Marschall, Psy.D.

Dr. Amy Marschall received her Psy.D. from the University of Hartford in September 2015. Her clinical interests are varied and include child and adolescent therapy, TF-CBT, rural psychology, telemental health, sexual and domestic violence, psychological assessment, and mental illness prevention. Dr. Marschall presently works in the Child and Adolescent Therapy Clinic at Sioux Falls Psychological Services in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where she provides individual and family therapy and psychological assessment to children, adolescents, and college students. She also facilitates an art therapy group for adolescents and college students with anxiety and depression. Dr. Amy Marschall is certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Telemental Health.

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