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Depression CBT Self-Help Guide Review

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Credibility

Credibility

2.50 / 5.00

Overall Score: 4/14

Research Base: 0/3
Research Funding: 0/2
Proposed Intervention: 3/3
Consumer Ratings: 0/3
Clinical Input in Development: 1/1
Software Support: 0/2

Date of Rating: February 2018

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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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Transparency

Transparency

Questionable

Overall Score: Questionable

Does the app have a privacy policy?:Yes
Does the privacy policy describe the information storage and sharing procedures related to user entered information, OR state that user information is stored locally?:No/Can’t Tell
Does the privacy policy state that the app/server encrypts/de-identifies the entered data OR state that user information is stored locally?:No/Can’t Tell
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 whether or not users can use the app WITHOUT entering identifiable information, 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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Depression CBT Self-Help Guide aims to provide information and tools to manage symptoms of depression. The home page of the app displays a new motivational quote each time a user opens the app. The app includes sections for “Articles”, a “Cognitive Diary”, “Tests” and an “Audio” section. The “Articles” section features informative articles on the symptoms and treatments for Major Depression. The “Cognitive Diary” section invites users to write a journal entry for the day, and provides an option to review the full history of user entries. The “Test” section provides users with a widely used depression screening questionnaire (the PHQ-9) and offers users the option to review their results upon completing the assessment, and over time. The “Audio” section provides four categories of five- to ten-minute streaming audio tracks: “Assistance” tracks used for coping with difficult symptoms, “Relaxation” tracks used to reduce stress and anxiety, “Emotion Training” tracks that walk users through skills to manage difficult and/or shifting emotions, and “Mindfulness Training” tracks used to practice specific mindfulness skills.

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Technical Details

Available For: Android 2.3.3 and up
Developer: Excel At Life
Type of Treatment: Cognitive Behavioral Principles, Symptom Tracking/Self-Monitoring, Psychoeducation & Information, Test/Screener Apps
Targeted Conditions: Mood Disorders
Target Audience: Not Specified
Designed to be used in conjunction with a healthcare 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 Depression CBT Self-Help Guide

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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