App of the Week: Beat Panic
The iPhone app, Beat Panic, is designed for panic attack sufferers or those with raised anxiety. Beat Panic is a mobile self help tool which is aimed to aid panic sufferers when they are out of the home. They are quickly able to access self help material in the app which aims to guide them through an attack without drawing unwanted attention to themselves.
The app features soothing colours and tips to help distract the sufferer from the anxiety symptoms they are experiencing. The key is that whilst they focus on their phone, no one will know they doing anything unusual, and they won't feel out of place because using your phone is so commonplace. In fact, one of the first flash cards on the app reminds of you this point.
The app which is 69p has been designed by Jane Anderson-Hawkes, who has lived with panic for many years and understands it. The app is quite simply made up of a series of one or two word ‘flash cards’ displaying phrases such as ‘calm down’ and ‘count slowly’. These are words and phrases to help you to slow your breathing, reduce your heart rate and release tension.
Perhaps the app really ought to be free because you could create something similar on a notepad in your pocket, however the precise order of the cards and their words and their focus are based on principles used within Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. They intend help you to keep worrying thoughts in perspective and remind you what is really happening and finally they will help you to overcome the urge to flee, so that by the end of the series of flash cards, the worst of the ordeal is overcome.
The point is that the very simple series of flash cards will give you something to focus on instead of thinking about changes in your body caused by panic. The app is an aid to sufferers but once downloaded onto your phone can help to reassure anyone in any state of panic about deadlines, exams or phobias. Serious panic sufferers, will no doubt find 69p is a small price to pay for that extra bit of help.