SuperBetter is a multi-platform, video-game style app that is intended to help users build “resilience,” defined as “the ability to stay strong, motivated and optimistic even in the face of difficult challenges.” SuperBetter invites users to create a fully customizable “Secret Identity” to tackle quests, use power-ups, and identifies “Bad Guys” for users to defeat. Users can conquer a real-life “quest” by completing tasks that are shown to increase overall health and well-being. Examples of “Quests” and “Power-up’s” include drinking water, reaching out to an old friend, walking around the block, and practicing “self-care” others. SuperBetter offers a social option to challenge friends to join a user’s quest, and users can customize their quests, challenges, and “Bad Guys” to address a variety of real-life concerns, from physical health, emotional health, and social connection.Read the Professional Review for SuperBetter: A Professional Review
Available For: iOS 9.0 or later (iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch). Android 4.0 and up.
Developer: SuperBetter, LLC
Type of Treatment: Cognitive Training, Symptom Tracking/Self-Monitoring, Gratitude
Targeted Conditions: Not Specified
Target Audience: Not Specified
Designed to be used in conjunction with a healthcare professional: No
Languages Available: English
Get it on: Google Play, iTunes
Research on this App
A 2015 clinical trial of 238 adult users of SuperBetter found that 10 minutes of gameplay for six weeks prompted decreased levels of anxiety and depression, compared to a waitlist control group. The study also found that users who played the “Being Awesome” quests showed greater improvement than the users who completed the therapeutically oriented quests after six weeks of gameplay. A feasibility study is currently underway to evaluate the potential for SuperBetter to be used in the treatment of concussions and other traumatic brain injuries, but the results of that study have yet to be published.