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Tactical Breather teaches users mindfulness and breathing exercises for stress management. It is ideal for those living with symptoms of depression or mood disorders (especially military personnel). The app breaks down user experiences into four categories: intro, tutorial, breathe and settings to improve navigation. Tactical Breather uses mostly verbal instruction with guided teachings on the importance of breathing for physiological stability and how best to engage in simple exercises to prevent shallow inhalations or exhalations. While breathing, the app offers a visual aid designed as a circle with a timer that changes color as one follows the instructed audio. The guided voice can be switched from male or female to best tailor to the user’s personal preferences, but does not offer long term tracking or personalized user features related to one’s health.
Available for: Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Requires Android 5.0 and up.
Developer: National Center for Telehealth & Technology
Type of Treatment: Mindfulness
Targeted Conditions: Mood Disorders, Stress and Anxiety
Target Audience: Adults, Military Personnel
Designed to be used in conjunction with a professional? No
Languages Available: English
Get it on: Apple App Store, Google Play
Tactical Breather has been evaluated in several ways, mostly focused on gathering qualitative information about peoples’ perceptions of Tactical Breather. Indeed, the Tactical Breather app, which provides structured experiential exercises, was identified as preferable to other apps that primarily provide psychoeducation (Roy, M. J., Costanzo, M. E., Highland, K. B., Olsen, C., Clayborne, D., & Law, W. 2017. https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/cyber.2017.0221).
Despite the lack of data supporting its efficacy, it has been identified as a popular tool for mental health (Shore et al. 2014. https://doi.org/10.7205/MILMED-D-13-00429).
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