Wysa – CBT app for dealing with unpleasant thoughts

Wysa is a free AI chatbot for Android and iOS. It is an evidence-based app, based on CBT (cognitive-behavioral therapy).

Here’s how it works: when you have an unpleasant thought, log in and chat with Wysa. You are asked to challenge the thought and replace for another. It is like a mental pushup and the unpleasant thoughts are reduced. It has definitely worked like a charm for me.

I think AI is the future of mental health, technological improvements in this area will improve the quality of life of patients around the world.

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Here are the links to download:

Android

iOS

Thank you for reading.

The Diagnosis

Being diagnosed was very important to me, people need to belong and to know more about who we are and what caused us to be this way.

The first person to diagnose me, well before the psychiatrists was my best-friend. She is a psychologist and the first to notice it. I supose spending lots of time with me helped. ­čÖé

Never let the diagnosis define you completely, you are much more than a label. There is much more complexity to a person than a diagnosis ad that diagnosis can change over time. My psychiatrist argues that the diagnosis is not important but it was to me though I understand where she is coming from: we shouldn’t settle for a diagnosis, conditions can change, evolve and some, like BPD (borderline personality disorder) can be in remission. I think she focuses in treating the symptoms than relying on the diagnosis.

Nevertheless, it was important for me to find and connect with people that had share traits with me. I learned and still learn so much about bpd with other bpd paatients. It’s one of the things that motivate me to share my experiences and helpful tips for dealing with this condition. As you may or may not know, sharing is caring and I would love for more people to share and exchange useful advice.

BPD (borderline personality disorder) symptoms include:

┬║ unstable relationships with other people

┬║unstable sensee of self

┬║unstable emotions

┬║frequent dangerous behavior

┬║feeling of emptiness

┬║self-harm

┬║extreme fear of abandondment

┬║prone to addiction

If you think you might have BPD, my advice is to contact a therapist or a psychiatrist. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Yours,

Scarlett

Introductory Post

Hello everyone. My name is Scarlett and I’m 33 years old. I live in Portugal and I’ve been a writer ever since I can remember.

I’ve been a psychiatric patient since 2000, which implies that I have a mental condition and that I take medicine. Medication affected my creativity. In some ways, it’s my fault and my addiction’s fault. If I had stopped smoking weed many years ago, I would probably be medication free by now. 2 out of 3 BPD (borderline personality disorder)patients have an addiction, it’s part of the condition: risky behavior, self-destructive behavior and lack of impulse control. 2 out of 3 means there is a chance, it is possible to stay clean. That’s what I want and I will be documenting my journey with addiction, BPD, depression and all that comes with it.

All of this has definitely affected my writing skills and my ability to express myself that’s why I thought that starting a blog would be a good idea. A way to start writing regularly again, having a writing routine and creating a new habit, so I can construct a healthy routine to keep me occupied at this time. It’s a time where I’m still pretty much deciding what I am going to with my life at this point. I guess I’m a late bloomer but I shall bloom nonetheless. ­čÖé

I will tell you about my past and what I’ve been through and I would love you to comment and tell me your thoughts.

1999 was the year I started smoking joints. At first, it was an occasional thing but it became a habit. I was the only addict in my group of friends and all of them tried it like me. I guess I won the lottery of addiction and, boy, what a prize that is.

As a toddler, I had meningitis and people who have meningitis as children are more prone to have a psychotic episode. I had my first one at 21. Entered a cycle, psychosis, recovery, relapse, psychosis… and psychotic episodes impair one’s judgment a lot, even after it is gone. Its after-effects are devastating and it can take a couple of years to fully recover. I had my last psychotic episode in 2016 and I can still feel low on empathy, flattened emotions, not many things are pleasurable to me, etc. I’m also dealing with depression since 2001, it’s also a struggle.

I try to look at the silver-lining and I have to say that all these experiences, emotions, all I’ve dealt with made me emotionally stronger and more grounded.When I’m not feeling ok, I always tell myself that I’ve been worse and that it’s not so bad. Pain and suffering are a part of life, it’s important to accept it. One my interests is mindfulness meditation and it’s a way to learn to accept what you can’t change.

One thing that helps me to relax is drawing and creating digital art. I will post my art here, probably accompanying my texts. I draw line after line, with gradients of color. I edit images to create new images, very different from the original. Creating art from art. It feels very satisfying to me and I love to see the finished product. Hobbies are very important for us, BPD patients. Our mind is our greatest enemy and we definitely need to keep it occupied and happy.

In this blog, I will recommend apps I use related to BPD, mental health, healthy living, etc. Apps are very interactive, fun and useful. They can help us cope and many other things. As an android user, I will be recommending apps for android but many apps are available for both Android and iOS. I will be recommending as many things as I can that have helped me in my journey. I would also love to see your tips in the comment section.

Thank you so much for reading. I will be adding more content soon.

Yours,

Scarlett