Pacifica - stress & anxiety app

An app to help you manage stress and anxiety

Pacifica By Pacifica Labs Inc
Features
  • Goal setting
  • Wellness tools such as mood and health habit tracking
  • Numerous relaxation and coping activities 
Clinical review
Free version: 

Two out of five stars




Paid version:

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Available from

App website          Google Play       iTunes

Cost

Free (basic); paid upgrade

What does the app do?

This app has a variety of tools to help improve your mental health and well being such as goal setting, meditation activities, health habit tracking, thought analysis, mood tracking and a community for peer support. The app sends you a daily notification asking how you’re feeling, allows you to monitor your mood throughout the day and suggests activities based on your current mood and overall goal. It has weekly features such as podcasts. The free version has limited functionality and paid upgrade to the premium version provides access to additional features. For a more detailed description of the app, see Google Play or iTunes and for a detailed review, see Reviews.

For the complete app description, go to Google Play (android) or the app website.

PROS CONS 

✔ Uses many techniques from cognitive behavioural therapy with ample explanation and structure. Has input from psychologists.

✔ Multiple guided meditations for general mindfulness and for specific situations.

✔ Encourages self-monitoring of mood and health goals such as sleep and exercise.

✔ Reminders and feedback.

✔ Tools are fairly customisable, and it recommends activities based on your goals such as decreasing anxiety, live healthier, feel happier etc.

✔ Community section with a discussion board and chat groups but I couldn’t find evidence that these were monitored.

✔ Encourages recording of thoughts, feeling and behaviours.

✔ Has a learning section called “guided paths” which assigns an audio lesson and assigned activity each day. There are 7n days available with the free version, and another 28 with the paid version.

✔ Paid version has extensive extra tools such as more cognitive behavioural therapy tools, journaling and the extended guided paths.

✘  Busy home screen - its not immediately intuitive or simple to use 

✘ Has a lot of functionality but could feel overwhelming 

✘ The free version is quite limited

✘ Community board doesn’t seem to be monitored

✘ No studies done on the app’s effectiveness


Privacy and security

The app is password protected. It also has links to the terms of service and its privacy policy which gives information on the types of information collected and details on how the information is used. Read more about things you can do to improve your safety and security when using apps.  

Review details

Date of review: April 2018
Platform reviewed: Android
Version: 6.0.2
Download size: 61.34 MB
Updated on: 26/03/2018

Credits: Editorial team. Last reviewed: 01 May 2018