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I continue to be amazed by the ways in which I can use my iPod Touch in every day life. There are so many cool applications, in many senses of the word, and so many creative ways to accomplish tasks. I certainly never expected to find it to be an important tool for change, growth and recovery, but that's what it's become.

I recently came across some great applications I'd like to review. I may do a bit of back tracking later and review some from my
first Touching Wellness post
because some of them really do need more indepth coverage. But today, I want to focus on an application called
iCounselor
which interests me as a social work student and as someone who's dealt with anxiety issues before.
When you're dealing with any type of psychiatric challenge, it's not easy to always remember the coping skills you have available to you. How many times have you heard or thought "I wish I could keep so-and-so in my pocket because s/he always reminds me of what I can do to help myself?" I know I've had that thought frequently, but it's not possible and not practical. Also, if I truly want to be empowered, I need to be able to use tools on my own in addition to asking for help when I need it. But let's face it, if you're panicked, you aren't necessarily going "Hmmm, what coping skills can I use today?"

That's why I think that the
iCounselor applications
are so cool. They take you through several steps to help manage symptoms and use techniques you've probably already been told to use anyway. And they're on your iPhone or iPod Touch, so they're very portable.

The best part is that they're accessible. I often find that there are fewer accessible resources for health and psychiatric conditions. These applications work very well with voice over.

In this podcast, I give a short demonstration of what the applications do. I'm interested to know if you'd like to hear more podcasts like this, and on which topics.
Download iCounselor Anxiety with Voice Over Demo

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aldoryn
Jan. 31st, 2010 03:35 am (UTC)
I thought you did a really good job with the podcast. It was really informative.
I hope you do some more podcasts like this!
puppybraille
Jan. 31st, 2010 03:37 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad you liked it.
bridgelene
Jan. 31st, 2010 04:00 am (UTC)
Very interesting! I enjoyed the podcast (and think the iCounselor sounds like something I might look into myself). Thanks for sharing :-)
puppybraille
Jan. 31st, 2010 07:32 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's incredibly useful! I've used it for a lot of challenging situations.
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