Cognitive Diary CBT Self-Help aims to help users identify and change problematic thinking that can occur with a variety of mental illnesses. In the ‘Cognitive Diary’ section of the app, users record bothersome or problematic events and rate the level of distress the event caused. They list the thoughts that occurred during the event, the percentage of thoughts they believe, and the irrational beliefs they had. Users then identify the positive thoughts they had (e.g. “I handled that well”) and write some positive feedback or outcomes from the event, before rating their distress again. There is also an ‘Articles’ section which provides some information on the principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as a helpful tool for overcoming mental illness.


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Credibility

Overall Score: 2.85/5.00

Total score: 8/14

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

date of rating: June 2016


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User Experience

Objective Quality Score: 3.50/5.00

Subscale scores:
Engagement: 3.20
Functionality: 3.75
Aesthetics: 3.17
Information: 3.90

Subjective quality score: 2.75

Perceived impact score: 3.33

Rating date: August 2016
Rated by: Queensland University

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Transparency

Overall Score: Unacceptable

Does the app have a privacy policy?: No/Can’t Tell

Does the policy describe the information storage and sharing procedures related to user entered information?:No/Can’t Tell

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?: No/Can’t Tell

Does the privacy policy state that users can delete entered information?:No/Can’t Tell

Does the privacy policy state that users can edit entered information?:No/Can’t Tell

Overall Score: Unacceptable

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More Information

Available for: Android™ devices
Company: Excel At Life, LLC
Classification: Cognitive Behavioral Principles
Targeted conditions: Mood Disorders, Stress & Anxiety
Target demographic: Adolescents and Adults
Special provider necessary: No
Non-English Language versions available: No
Where to get it: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.excelatlife.cbtdiary&hl=en