TODAY May 13, 2022
Sarah Jacoby

Some apps can be genuinely useful. But it’s important to go in with a plan — and recognize when you may need more traditional therapy, experts said.

If you’re looking for a way to start a mindfulness practice, reduce stress or manage a mental health condition, you may be drawn to one of the many mental health apps out there. And with cost being a major barrier to accessing traditional therapy, cheap or free apps may be an attractive alternative.

But are these apps really effective at keeping mental health issues in check? It depends on the specific app and what you want to use it for, experts told TODAY. And there are some key privacy and health concerns to keep in mind...

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