BEST DEPRESSION APPS 2020: 10 APPS TO HELP FIGHT FEELING ANXIOUS OR SAD

It’s time to talk about something a little serious- how we feel.

Did you know that anxiety is one of the most common illnesses here in the US and that depression isn’t that far behind? 

Wouldn’t it be great if someone gathered the best depression apps to help you get 2020 off to a great start?

Depression consumes your day-to-day life and interferes with your ability to work, study, eat, sleep, and have fun.

Heads Up Guys

Before we get to the apps, we have to admit that it can sometimes be hard for some of us to openly acknowledge how we feel. Sure, sometimes when we can all feel a bit down in the dumps.

Oftentimes, we might even reach for that perfect whiskey or even try to gym it out, but sometimes that sadness lingers.

Not sure if you’re actually depressed? One site we highly recommend checking out is called Heads Up Guys. You can check it out here.

If you suffer from some form of depression or anxiety, here’s our roundup of the best depression apps for 2020. Perhaps, one of these apps 10 apps might be able to help you live your best life this year.

1. Headspace

best depression apps 2020: featuring the headspace app

Rating: 

iPhone: 4.9 

Android: 3.7

Price: Free with optional in-app purchases

Why we like it: 

First on our list is Headspace.

Headspace’s free basic courses help you learn fundamental techniques of meditation and mindfulness that are sure to keep you grounded in these gloomy days. 

With the subscription, Headspace’s full library gives you exercises that will help you cope and manage anxiety, stress, panic attacks, relationships, and more. 

Additionally, Sleep by Headspace has a library full of sleep casts that are sure to help you relax and get a much needed night’s rest.

2. Brightmind: Meditation

best depression apps 2020: featuring the brightmind app

Rating: 

iPhone: 4.9 

Android: 4.5

Price: Free with optional in-app purchases

Why we like it: 

Brightmind is unique in that it’s main focus is to TEACH you how to meditate. 

Many reviews praise the app’s ability to actually get you sitting still and focusing on your own mindfulness, and we couldn’t agree more. 

With learning how to better meditate, you’ll find yourself thinking more clearly and positively, as well as sleeping better to get you through these dark and restless nights.

3. Youper

best depression apps 2020: featuring the youper app

Rating: 

iPhone: 4.9

Android: 4.7

Price: Free with optional in-app purchases

Why we like it: 

Youper takes a different approach to mindfulness than the other apps listed. 

Through the use of AI, Youper acts as your Emotional Health Assistant that helps you monitor and improve your emotions by talking about how you’re feeling. 

The quick conversations that you have with Youper are based on different therapies and techniques like CBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, other science-based approaches. 

Even if you don’t feel like talking, Youper has an awesome feature that allows you to listen to Youper talking you through mindfulness practices, as well as gain insight on symptoms to help you understand yourself better. 

4. Mindbody

best depression apps 2020: featuring the mindbody app

Rating: 

iPhone: 4.9

Android: 4.8

Price: Free 

Why we like it:

Mindbody is perfect for those who feel depressed because the cold weather makes you feel like there’s nothing better to do than to just stay home, bored and alone. 

What makes this app so different from the other apps on our list is that it’s mostly a service-based app with businesses designed to enhance your wellbeing. 

Feeling stressed out? Mindbody can direct you to the nearest spa or yoga studio to relax. Want to get pumped up and get your body moving? There are plenty of different Crossfit, barre or HITT studios to choose from. 

With over 52,000 businesses listed, you’ll discover and book local workout classes, wellness services, and beauty appointments, as well as connect your fitness tracker to see calories burned, class performance and more. 

All in all, with this app you’ll be ready to stay active and that makes it a solid choice if you’re looking for the best depression apps for 2020.

5. Sanvello

Rating: 

iPhone:4.8

Android: 4.6

Price: Free with optional in-app purchases

Why we like it: 

Created by psychologists, Sanvello teaches you treatments used for anxiety, depression, and stress. 

In addition, you get Daily Mood Tracking, Guided Journeys (which are step by step audio lessons and activities based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and other techniques.

You’ll also get tools that will help you think positively, assessments that help show you connections between experience, activities, and emotions, and lastly, you get to interact with a community of people who are experiencing the same emotions are you are. 

6. Calm

Rating: 

iPhone: 4.8

Android: 4.4

Price: Free with optional in-app purchases

Why we like it: 

Calm is another top mindfulness app that will help you sleep better with bedtime stories, lower stress and anxiety with guided meditation, breathe better, stretch with different exercises and relax with music. 

We absolutely love that Calm also has literally hundreds of programs designed for beginners, intermediate and advanced users, so it’s perfect for anyone who has little to no experience in meditation, or years of experience! 

7. Daylio

Rating:

iPhone: 4.8

Android: 4.7

Price: Free with optional in-app purchases

Why we like it: 

While Daylio does not teach you meditation techniques, we love the fact that it promotes productivity, especially now when everything seems to go a little stagnant after the holidays. 

Without having to write a single word down, Daylio allows you to track how you’re feeling by picking your mood and adding activities that you’ve done throughout the day, and later adding statistic in your calendar to help you keep track of your habits. 

By understanding your habits better and actually seeing them laid out, this app helps you track your habits in order to help you create new productive ones! 

8. 10% Happier

Rating: 

iPhone: 4.8

Android: 4.7

Price: Free with optional in-app purchases

Why we like it: 

Just like the other apps on our list 10% Happier has a library full of different guided meditations, ranging anywhere between anxiety and depression to even parenting and focus. 

But what really makes the app stand out are the videos and stories, wisdom, and inspiration that you can listen to while on the go. 

Additionally, the weekly updated content only makes meditating that much more interesting.

9. Moodpath

Rating: 

iPhone: 4.7

Android: 4.6

Price: Free with optional in-app purchases

Why we like it: 

Moodpath keeps an excellent track of your mental health by providing bi-weekly assessments that we find totally useful and is perhaps our favorite feature from this app. 

Likewise, it’s the ability to make you hone in on how you’re feeling and reflect is pivotal to your mental health and understanding why you might be feeling a certain way. 

By using CBT and other similar techniques, this app can help you reduce brooding, improve sleep, and acquire skills in self-compassion. 

10. Smiling Mind

Rating: 

iPhone: 4.6

Android: 4.5

Price: Free

Why we like it: 

Unlike most of the apps on this list, what makes Smiling Mind great is that it’s completely free. Now you don’t have to worry about getting limited access because of in-app purchases. 

Aside from that great plus, Smiling Mind is also awesome because it offers meditation for all ages. If you’re a dad or an older brother, this app is great for the family or for yourself. 

At the end of the day, depression can affect anyone of us, so promoting positive thinking is healthy for anyone of any age. 

Depression isn’t an option, but we can try our hardest to fight it.

If you find any of these apps helpful or would like to recommend another helpful app, let us know at @ManedgedMag.