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GGOC: OCD Relief Review

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Credibility

Credibility

4.29 / 5.00

Overall Score: 12/14

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

Date of Rating: July 2018

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User Experince

User Experience

3.70 / 5.00

Engagement: 3.80 Functionality: 4.17 Aesthetics: 4.11 Information: 2.71 Subjective quality score: 2.67 Perceived impact score: 3.06 Rating date: December 2018 Rated by: PsyberGuide

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Transparency

Transparency

Acceptable

Overall Score: Acceptable 

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?: Yes
Does the privacy policy state that the app/server encrypts OR de-identifies the entered data 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 whether or not users can delete entered information OR state that user information is stored locally?: Yes
Does the privacy policy state whether or not users can edit entered information OR state that user information is stored locally?: Yes

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This app aims to improve OCD symptoms, specifically negative thinking by increasing the user’s awareness of negative thoughts and training the brain to challenge them. Upon opening the app, the user is led through a brief explanation of the app’s goals and how it works. Next, they are shown the home screen which consists of 48 levels. Each level consists of short games with its own theme, and the user is recommended to complete 3 levels per day. The first few levels aim to promote automaticity of positive self talk. Later themes include: self esteem, belief in change, self criticism, negative thinking, coping, and more. Additional features such as mood tracking can be unlocked through purchase of a subscription.

Technical Details

Available For: Requires iOS 7.1 or later;Requires Android 4.0 and up
Developer: GG Apps Platform
Type of Treatment: Cognitive Behavioral Principles, Symptom Tracking/Self-Monitoring
Targeted Conditions: Stress and Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Target Audience: Not Specified
Designed to be used in conjunction with a healthcare provider: No
Cost: Free with in-app purchases
Get it on: Google Play, iTunes

Research on this App

In one study exploring GGOC, 97 students were randomized to either immediate use of the app (i.e. they started using the app at baseline and continued for 15 days) or delayed use of the app (i.e. they started using the app 15 days after baselines and continued for 15 days). All participants completed a web-based assessment, with questionnaires relating to maladaptive beliefs, mood and OCD symptoms at baseline, 15 days following baseline and 30 days following baseline. All participants showed a reduction in OCD-related beliefs and OCD symptoms. In the immediate use group, all effects remained significant at follow-up.

A single-case study assessed the usefulness of GGOC as a relapse prevention tool for OCD, and findings supported the efficacy of GGOC for individuals with OCD, and its contribution to maintaining gains after CBT.

In an exploratory study, 36 students started the trial and 20 students completed. Participants used the GGOC app for 15 days and completed pre- and post- measures of OCD-beliefs, mood and OCD symptoms. Results showed a significant reduction in OCD symptoms and OCD-beliefs. “=

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