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Cognitive Diary CBT Self-Help Review

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2.33 / 5.00

Overall Score: 7/15

Consumer Ratings: 2/2
Proposed Goal: 1/2
Evidence-Based Content: 1/1
Software Updates: 2/2
Clinical Input in Development: 1/1
Research on Development Process: 0/1
Efficacy of Other Products: 0/1
Research Independence and Review: 0/2
Research Base: 0/3

Rating Date: November 2022

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User Experince

User Experience

3.50 / 5.00

Engagement: 3.20 Functionality: 3.75 Aesthetics: 3.17 Information: 3.90 Subjective quality score: 2.75 Perceived impact score: 3.33 Rating date: August 2016 Rated by: Queensland University

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Overall Score: Unacceptable 

Does the app have a privacy policy?: No/Can’t Tell

Does the policy describe the information storage and sharing procedures related to user entered information OR state that user information is stored locally: Yes

Does the app provide the option of a pin entry or log-in process to view and enter user data?: Yes

Does the privacy policy state that the app/server encrypts the entered data OR state that user information is stored locally?: No/Can’t Tell

Does the privacy policy state whether or not users can delete entered information OR state that user information is stored locally?: No/Can’t Tell

Does the privacy policy state whether or not users can edit entered information OR state that user information is stored locally?: No/Can’t Tell

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Cognitive Diary CBT Self-Help aims to help users identify and change negative thought patterns. In the ‘Cognitive Diary’ section of the app, users record bothersome or problematic events and rate the level of distress the event caused. They list the thoughts that occurred during the event, the percentage of thoughts they believe, and the irrational beliefs they had. Users then identify the positive thoughts they had (e.g. “I handled that well”) and write some positive feedback or outcomes from the event, before rating their distress again. There is also an ‘Articles’ section which provides some information on the principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as a helpful tool for overcoming mental illness.

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Technical Details

Available For: Varies with Android device
Developer: Excel At Life
Type of Treatment: Cognitive Behavioral Principles, Symptom Tracking/Self-Monitoring, Psychoeducation & Information
Targeted Conditions: Mood Disorders, Stress and Anxiety
Target Audience: Not Specified
Designed to be used in conjunction with a professional? No
Languages Available: English
Cost: Free
Get it on: Google Play

Research on this App

There is no direct scientific research on the effectiveness of Cognitive Diary CBT Self-Help

Click the links below to learn more about the treatment types used in this app.
How Symptom Trackers Work
How Psychoeducation Works
How Cognitive Behavioral Principles Work

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User Experience

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