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Anxiety Release is a multi-platform program that offers an innovative approach to managing anxiety. Based on some of the principles of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy), Anxiety Release utilizes sound and visuals to create “bilateral stimulation” of the brain. In theory, this kind of brain activity promotes a re-wiring of those areas of the brain that are related to anxiety and panic, and may alleviate these issues with sufficient practice. In addition to the stimulation exercise, Anxiety Release also contains basic information about anxiety, guided practice of some basic anxiety management skills, and allows users to track their anxiety as they use the app. This app may be helpful to individuals with moderate anxiety; however, individuals who have been diagnosed with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), or who think they may suffer from it, should consult a mental health provider before using this app.

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Overall Score: 1.80/5.00

Total score: 5/14

Basis of research: 0/3
Source of funding for the research: 0/2
Specificity of proposed intervention: 2/3
Number of consumer ratings: 2/3
Product advisory support: 1/1
Software support: 0/2

date of rating: June 2016

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User Experience

Objective Quality Score: 2.91/5.00

Subscale scores:
Engagement: 1.50
Functionality: 4.25
Aesthetics: 3.00
Information: 2.91

Subjective quality score: 1.50

Perceived impact score: 2.33

Rating date: August 2016
Rated by: Queensland University

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Available for: Computers (PCs and Macs) and Mobile Devices
Developer: Mark Grant (d/b/a Trauma and Pain Management Services Pty Ltd)
Type of Treatment: Cognitive Behavioral Principles
Targeted Conditions: Stress & Anxiety
Target Audience: Adults
Designed to be used in conjunction with a healthcare professional: No, but recommended
Languages Available: No
Get it on:  Online, iTunes, Google Play

Research on this App

A published case study on the use of Anxiety Release in the treatment of one individual’s carpal tunnel syndrome is available on OA Behavioural Medicine. However, there is no available research on the product or its claims as it pertains to more traditional anxiety disorders.