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MindShift Review

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Credibility

Credibility

3.67 / 5.00

Overall Score: 12/15

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: 1/1
Efficacy of Other Products: 1/1
Research Independence and Review: 1/2
Research Base: 1/3

Rating Date: August 2020

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User Experince

User Experience

3.74 / 5.00

Engagement: 3.10 Functionality: 4.50 Aesthetics: 3.17 Information: 4.20 Subjective quality score: 2.38 Perceived impact score: 2.33 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 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?: 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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MindShift is an app created to provide tools based on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and information to young adults experiencing anxiety. It contains information about common sources and symptoms of worry, anxiety and panic, and has a checklist for users to complete to help determine the types of anxiety they most commonly face. Users can access guided relaxation exercises, basic cognitive behavioral therapy techniques for anxiety, and create individualized coping plans for common anxiety-provoking situations. There are also motivational quotes for the user to use as inspiration. MindShift focuses on test anxiety, perfectionism, social anxiety, performance anxiety, worry, panic, and conflict, but has general tips that can be used for all types of anxiety.

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Technical Details

Available for: Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Requires Android 5.0 and up.
Developer: Anxiety Canada Association
Type of Treatment: Cognitive Behavioral Principles, Symptom Tracking/Self-Monitoring, Psychoeducation & Information, Mindfulness
Targeted Conditions: Stress and Anxiety, Mood Disorders
Target Audience: Adolescents
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

In a study published in 2019, 18 undergraduate students utilized MindShift for three weeks. Results showed significant reductions in somatic anxiety and depressive symptoms. Participants also reported general satisfaction with MindShift. (Paul, A. M., & Fleming, C. E. 2019. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s41347-018-0074-2)

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