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Sinasprite is a multi-platform game designed to help users practice a variety of tools for managing stress and anxiety. Upon opening the app, users are prompted to create an account with their name and e-mail address, and to choose an affiliated Sinasprite Clinic. Once an account has been created, users are invited to the “Oracle of Truth” where they “introduce” themselves to Socks the Fox by answering questions about their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Completing the questions unlocks the “Meditation” section of the app. Sinasprite includes a variety of other coping tools and activities, including, photo/image galleries, journaling options, and the option to create a social circle within the app, with whom users can photograph and/or share things they are grateful for. At various points through the user’s interactions with Socks the Fox, Socks encourages the user to “take deep breaths with [Socks]”, while the animated fox takes deep breaths too. When entering information into the Journal, users can indicate that a particular stressor is something they do, or do not, have control over. If a user indicates that they do have control over a stressor, Socks will drop the “worry” into a locked chest on the screen, and encourages the user to revisit the worry another time. If a user indicates that they do not have control over the stressor, Socks will tie a balloon to the worry, and encourage the user to watch the worry float away. Other features include a “Shrine”, where users can save images, paintings, and gratitudes in the virtual gallery; and a “Butterfly Walk”, allowing users to capture butterflies on their smartphone screen using augmented reality technology.
Available for: iOS 8.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch; Android 2.3 and up
Type of Treatment: Cognitive Behavioral Principles, Mindfulness, Psychoeducation/Informational
Targeted Conditions: Mood disorders, Stress & Anxiety
Target Audience: Not specified
Designed to be used in conjunction with a healthcare professional: Yes
Languages Available: English
Get it on: iTunes, Google Play
In a 6-week retrospective study of 24 Sinasprite users, self-directed use of the mobile app resulted in significant improvements in self-reported questionnaire scores reflecting depression, anxiety, and confidence in coping skills (Silva et al, 2018). A pilot feasibility study of Sinasprite was also conducted with 4 military personnel. The study involved a 12-week intervention with baseline evaluation, followed by 6 weeks of active app use and an additional 6 week follow up. Results showed mild improvements from baseline to 6-week-follow up on the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9), Generalized Anxiety Disorder 7 (GAD-7), Perceived Stress Scale (PSS), Coping Self-efficacy Scale (CSES) and Lie Satisfaction- 9 (LISAT-9). This suggests that Sinaspritemay be an effective tool for reducing stress, depression and anxiety in soldiers & dependents.
Silva Almodovar A, Surve S, Axon DR, Cooper D, Nahata MC, Self-Directed Engagement with a Mobile App (Sinasprite) and Its Effects on Confidence in Coping Skills, Depression, and Anxiety: Retrospective Longitudinal Study (2018), JMIR Mhealth Uhealth 2018;6(3):e64, DOI: 10.2196/mhealth.9612 (Link)
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