Cope With Eating Disorders, ADHD and Smoking With These Apps

Posted March 3rd, 2017 at 11:30 am (UTC-4)
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A screenshot of 'Renew', the new program for 'Recovery Record', an app to help people with eating disorders. (Recovery Record)

A screenshot of “Renew’,” a new program for “Recovery Record’,” an app to help people with eating disorders. (Recovery Record)

A few months into 2017, some folks might still be having a hard time following up on their New Year’s resolutions and others may be looking for ways to change their behavior. But a few interesting apps that recently crossed Techtonics’ radar could nudge you in that direction and give you a helping hand.

Recovery Record’s Renew

Renew is a new program for free mobile app Recovery Record that targets people with eating disorders. Born out of a partnership between the National Eating Disorders Association and mental health platform Recovery Record, the program capitalizes on mobile penetration in the United States to reach millions of people with eating disorders who never receive the treatments they need.

Developed by Stanford University and the National Institute of Mental Health, the program uses insights from clinical trials and scientific research to guide individuals coping with eating disorders toward treatment options and developing strategies that work for them.

Similar apps around cognitive behavioral therapy include Rise Up + Recover and WhatsMyM3.


Out of Australia comes a new app to help smokers kick the habit for good. Kick.It uses extinction therapy to change the smoker’s behavior and provide support. When a smoker feels the urge to light up, he can log into the app instead and reach out for community support.

Other apps, both paid and free, that encourage smokers to kick the habit include Butt Out, Kwit, and Smoke Free.


iGotThis is a new app that focuses on helping children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) boost their self-esteem and productivity. The app, currently being funded in Kickstarter, provides a variety of activities to teach kids skills that reinforce good habits and put them on the path to success.

The app also helps parents improve communication and positive reinforcement, and provides them with planners, checklists and reminders to make their work easier. And when they need a little help, the app connects them with community support in real time.

ModMath, also in Kickstarter, is a free app that helps kids with ADHD deal with dysgraphia and

A screenshot shows options for recording notes in Titan Note. (Erik Jansson)

A screenshot shows options for recording notes in Titan Note. (Erik Jansson)

dyslexia. Dysgraphia makes the handwriting of affected children illegible and can cause problems for them when studying math and using correct numbers. With ModMath, children can use touch screens and on-screen keypads to do their math homework and then send it off to their teachers.

There’s also an older app called ADHD, which provides information and insights for better understanding of the disorder.

Titan Note and Titan Note App

Currently in its campaign phase in Indiegogo, Titan App is a small device that records spoken words and transmits them to the Titan Note app, available for iOS and Android, where they are transcribed in real-time. Users can edit the material and download it as needed. While the app is intended to make tedious note-taking a bit easier, it could also help people who have trouble using paper and pen, such as those coping with Multiple Sclerosis, Dystopia, or Parkinson’s disease.

Titan Note can also translate texts into 10 different languages, including Spanish, German, French, Italian and Danish.

Sounds great, but some people are skeptical.

Aida Akl
Aida Akl is a journalist working on VOA's English Webdesk. She has written on a wide range of topics, although her more recent contributions have focused on technology. She has covered both domestic and international events since the mid-1980s as a VOA reporter and international broadcaster.

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