This app enables the user to cope with anxiety and stress, by using techniques such as developing more helpful ways of thinking, learning active steps to take charge of their anxiety, and learning relaxation skills. It allows them to rate their level anxiety, and add situations in which they feel anxious. The app also contains information about anxiety.
The app includes examples of how to improve self-talk, provides space for recording and monitoring experience over time, with a password to protect privacy, includes guided relaxation exercises and inspirational quotes.
It is produced by a reputable organisation, the Anxiety Disorders Association of British Colombia and its advice is underpinned with the accepted clinical strategy of desensitisation to the anxiety-provoking experience.
Its definition is not as clear as on other apps, and focuses primarily on thinking strategies, with less focus on attending to body experience and behaviours, and ignores feelings.
It also doesn't acknowledge the higher end of anxiety-related disorders, and in one of its guided relaxations uses language that promotes dissociation.
Date of this review: November 2016
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Name: Maureen, Bay of Plenty, November 2016 Score: ★★★☆☆ Comments: " I experienced a few glitches, error codes "Alert> Code:0> Message: Undefined... likely to cause confusion, especially if you were anxious at the time. Overall the app is written well for its intended audience. I was unsure about some of the content such as, Where does anxiety come from - current research indicates questionable around genetics, though I can see how it could be a learned behavior copied from parents etc. How can I overcome my fear - not so helpful advice if you are experiencing school bullying, i.e. face the things you fear, could be taken literally, plus keep in mind the Helpline offered appear to be Canada, States specific."
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Reviewer: Abbi Pritchard Jones, Adult mental health social worker, August 2017 Clinical score:★★★★☆ Review: "This app is most useful for people who experience anxiety. It is an extensive resource on the causes and management of anxiety. It is easy to use and provides insights that will be useful to people in real life situations. I liked the “Quick Tips ‘section that appears on every page of the app and provides instant strategies for managing anxiety. Also very useful are the mindfulness and breathing audio talk through exercises. While the app is comprehensive this may put some people off and find its various sections a bit confusing to navigate. The apps overall design is not the best and it would benefit from an overhaul to make it more pleasing to the eye and manageable." Safety concerns: None New Zealand relevance: ★★★★☆(The helpline numbers in the app are for Canadian users)
Reviewer: Julie O'Brien, Former psychotherapist, November 2016 Clinical score: ★★★☆☆ Review: "This app is most useful for people with mild anxiety symptoms. It may be beneficial in that it provides users with some cognitive and behavioural strategies for managing anxiety." Safety concerns: None New Zealand relevance: ★★★☆☆
The tech review relates to the technical aspects of the app.
Reviewer: Sara Jebreil, July 2016 Technical score: ★★★☆☆ Review:
Security: This app is somewhat secure, it does not require register and login for use but app allows user to set up a pin for protection
Performance: Mostly functional with minor/negligible problems
Impact of the app on battery life and device performance: Impact is minimal using an average of 17 MB of data over 3 hours.
Interactivity: Basic interactive features to function adequately
Customization: Allows basic customisation to function adequately
Data sharing: No evidence of data sharing
Multiple device syncing: No, even with password protection application data is not kept and cannot be synced across multiple devices only protected on one device
Use of locations services such as GPS: No
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