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Social Anxiety Disorder: Common Assistive Technologies

This guide provides resources about social anxiety disorder, or social phobia.

What are assistive technologies?

Definition: The Technology Related Assistance to Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1988 described an assistive technology device as "any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities." 

Assistive technologies can be both "high tech" and "low tech," ranging from canes and lever doorknobs to voice recognition software and augmentative communication devices (speech generating devices). According to the Georgia Tech Center for Inclusive Design and Innovation (formerly known as AMAC Accessibility), use of assistive technology "is an emerging mental health treatment field which in many cases improves the accessibility, effectiveness and affordability of mental health care." 

For more information about assistive technology, please see this copy of AMAC's 2015 presentation titled "Every Moment Counts: Using Assistive Technology to promote positive changes with mental health challenges in the classroom".

Finding assistive technology

Employees with anxiety disorders

Free mobile applications

​ Breathe2Relax (iOS and Android)

 This application provides information about the effects of stress on the body and teaches users how to engage in diaphragmatic breathing exercises, essentially serving as a portable stress management tool. 

 DBSA Wellness Tracker (iOS, Android, and web)

 This application allows users to engage in forms of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), one of the most effective treatment methods for those who suffer from social anxiety disorder. Additionally, users have access to several other amenities, such as a thought journal, coping cards, and healthy habits, as well as the ability to make check-in updates and set personal goals.

 MoodTrack Social Diary (iOS and Android)

 This application allows users to document moods as often as they please, as well as join support groups and chat anonymously with other users. 

Sanvello: Stress and Anxiety (iOS, Android, and web)

 What's Up? - A Mental Health App (iOS)

Applications requiring form of purchase

 Acupressure: Heal Yourself (iOS and Android)