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FearTools – Anxiety Aid Review

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Credibility

Credibility

2.33 / 5.00

Overall Score: 7/15

Consumer Ratings: 1/2
Proposed Goal: 2/2
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: August 2020

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User Experince

User Experience

4.03 / 5.00

Engagement: 4.20 Functionality: 4.38 Aesthetics: 4.50 Information: 3.30 Subjective quality score: 3.25 Perceived impact score: 4.40 Rating date: April 2017 Rated by: University of Ulm

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Transparency

Transparency

Questionable

Overall Score: Questionable

Does the app have a privacy policy?:Yes

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?:No/Can’t Tell

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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Professional Reviews

Professional Review

Not Yet Available

FearTools is an app aimed to provide cognitive behavioral (CBT) tools to those experiencing anxiety. The home screen is a toolbox containing six sections: Information, Test, Videos, Thought Diary, Exposure, and Breathe. Under ‘Information’, users can read information about anxiety, types, and treatments. ‘Test’ prompts the user to complete 7 questions related to anxiety symptoms, an overview of past results and an optional reminder for regular completion. The ‘Videos’ section provides youtube links for guided meditations (7-30 minutes), soothing sounds (2-11 hours), and TED Talks related to anxiety. ‘Thought Diary’ guides the user through challenging exercises and ‘Exposure’ guides the user through exposure exercises. The final section, ‘Breathe’ is a visual breathing tool with personalizing features.

Technical Details

Available For: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.; Android 4.1 and up
Developer: Eddie Liu
Type of Treatment: Cognitive Behavioral Principles, Mindfulness, Symptom Tracking/Self-Monitoring, Psychoeducation & Information
Targeted Conditions: Stress and Anxiety, Phobias
Target Audience: Not Specified
Designed to be used in conjunction with a professional? No
Languages Available: English
Cost: Free
Get it on: Apple App Store, Google Play

Research on this App

There is no direct scientific research on the effectiveness of FearTools – Anxiety Aid

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

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