New App Review: Flow

Flow Neuroscience is a company best known for marketing a direct-to-consumer brain stimulation device (currently available only in the UK and Sweden). Specifically, the Flow device produces Transcranial direct current stimulation, which some initial research suggests may be an effective treatment.

This quick review is mainly concerned with the recently released Flow app. It is designed for users of the Flow device, but it can be used without it. And, whatever your view of the Flow device, this is an excellent app. It is centered around an AI-interface like Woebot and similar apps:

The app is then structured around a 6-week course that covers the pillars of depression treatment: thought adjustment, mindfulness, diet, and sleep. This course is more tightly structured than is typical for apps of this kind, which may frustrated the user who would prefer to jump around, but it makes sense in the context of the app’s purpose, as an adjunct to use of the Transcranial direct current stimulation device:

Given the innovative nature of Flow’s device, this app is probably a bit better than it needs to be. Even users uninterested in the Flow device will benefit from trying this tightly and thoughtfully designed app.

Note: The contents of this post are for informational purposes only. This is not professional medical advice and it is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always consult with a physician with any questions that you have about a medical condition, including a mental health condition. If you think you are in a medical emergency, call 911 or your local emergency services number immediately.

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