1. Smartphone Applications May Be Useful for Managing Depressive Symptoms: An electronic database search in May 2017 identified 18 eligible randomized controlled trials of 22 smartphone apps, with outcome data from 3414 participants. The participants had a range of mental health symptoms and conditions, including major depression, mild to moderate depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and insomnia.
Depressive symptoms, particularly in patients with mild to moderate depression, were reduced significantly more in those who used smartphone apps than in the control groups. There was no difference in apps that applied principles of mindfulness compared with cognitive behavioral therapy or mood monitoring programs.