This app helps the user to understand the causes of their anxiety and provides tips and techniques on how to manage anxiety such as breathing exercises, and reflection. It allows the user to save their favourite techniques for quick access and has a tracking feature, where users are able to track their anxiety symptoms.
The app draws on clinically sound practice from more than one modality, including CBT, NLP and positive psychology, to offer accessible, practical and sound advice for anxiety sufferers.
It is underpinned with the clinically sound methodology of enabling the user to develop the skill of disidentification from their anxiety.
The app has a creative range of interactive tools that cater for the range of ways in which people learn (visual, auditory and kinaesthetic), and includes access to an online community of its users.
It was developed by the University of the West of England, Bristol and won Healthline's 2016 Best Anxiety App award
One interactive exercise was rated less favorably by some members of the online community, as its attempt to demonstrate behaviours that create anxiety, could provoke a stress response in the user.
The section called "How's my anxiety right now?" uses a sliding scale for users to assess their symptoms. There is no measure on this scale to help users to ascertain where in the scale their selection sits.
Date of this review: November 2016
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Reviewer: Julie O'Brien, Former psychotherapist, November 2016 Clinical score: ★★★★★ Review: "This app is most useful for anyone experiencing anxiety. It may be beneficial in that users can gain an understanding of how normal it is to experience anxiety, as well as develop skills to enable them to better manage theirs." Safety concerns: None New Zealand relevance: ★★★★☆ Comments: "The recommended support agencies are UK-based. However, addresses are provided for two websites with information about crisis support in other countries, including New Zealand."
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