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The Obsessive Compulsive Disorder app provides users with a test that aims to act as a screener for OCD symptoms. The test consists of 20 questions that can be answered with “disagree,” “sometimes,” or “absolutely.” The app simply provides the 20 question test and an option to share the results on social media.

ThriveSync is an Apple app and web-based program created to provide an innovative tool to increase communication between users and their doctors. ThriveSync combines a comprehensive symptom tracker with the ability to send messages and updates to user-designated care providers, sponsors, or other personal supports. Users complete a short “checkin” every day in which they enter information about their mood and functioning. This data is stored and compiled into reports that can be used by both users and their supports to recognize patterns, progress, and signs of trouble. ThriveSync can also use this data to send automatic notifications when the user is in crisis or at risk for crisis. Additionally, the app combines “gamification” to encourage users to regularly complete their checkins. Available for both individual users and for mental health providers and organizations, ThriveSync may be a useful adjunct to traditional treatments and can help users manage their mental health and recovery.

Mayo Clinic Meditation is an Apple™ app created by the prestigious Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. It is designed to guide users through meditation exercises that can help reduce stress and boost performance. The app uses simple sounds and imagery to help users learn and practice skills for daily meditation. In both 5- and 15-minute programs, Mayo Clinic Meditation is flexible enough to fit easily into a busy schedule. It also contains a tutorial program that introduces users to the ideas and techniques behind meditation. Mayo Clinic Mediation may be a good choice to help reduce mild to moderate levels of stress or discomfort. However, this app does not appear to have been revised for some time, and users should be cautious when using apps without security updates.

eCBT is a set of Apple™ apps that provides therapeutic skills and education based on the principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). There are three versions of eCBT, each for a specific category of mental illness: Mood (mood disorders), Calm (anxiety disorders), and Trauma (PTSD). Each can be used either as a stand-alone system or while working with a therapist or doctor. Designed to help users overcome their illness, eCBT may be particularly useful for individuals who do not have accessible or affordable mental health services in their community. However, this app does not appear to have been revised for some time, and users should be cautious when using apps without security updates.

Sad Scale is an Apple™ app that uses brief questionnaires to let users get involved in their mental health. It contains four widely-used screening measures for depression: one for adults, one for children, one for elderly adults, and one for postpartum depression. Users can complete these measures multiple times and keep track of their scores on a graph that can also be shared with a doctor. Sad Scale is designed to help users who are concerned about their mental health to make more informed decisions and better manage their lives. However, this app does not appear to have been revised for some time, and users should be cautious when using apps without security updates.

Moody Me is an Apple™ app designed for users who want to keep better track of their moods. Moody Me lets users rate their mood at any time of day, and it also provides space to write down significant daily events like medication use or a stressful situation. It then displays these ratings on graphs or on a calendar that helps to detect patterns and triggers for moods. Moody Me was created to assist users in better managing their daily lives. It was also created to be a useful aid for those users in treatment.

Anxiety/Panic Tracker is a web-based program designed to allow users to track the signs and symptoms of anxiety and panic over time. It is hosted by medhelp.org, an online community where users can join networks, post in forums on various health topics, and add users as ‘friends’.

Users sign into (or sign up for) their MedHelp profile to create a new Anxiety/Panic Tracker. On the tracker dashboard, users select who the tracker is for (the user or someone else) and who it is visible to (user only, user’s friends, or everyone). Users can customize the tracker themes and how often they are reminded to update their tracker (never, monthly, weekly, or daily). When a tracker is created, users add data by selecting a particular day of the month. Data added can include; a rating of anxiety severity (on a scale of one to 10); symptoms (for example anger, anxiety, blood pressure increase, chest pain); treatments engaged in (for example anti-anxiety medication, CBT); and triggering events. The tracker provides a visualization of the data to track anxiety across each month.

PTSD Support is an app created to offer support for military service members (active or retired) who are struggling with symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It is also intended for family members of individuals with PTSD who need information and support. PTSD Support provides news, videos, podcasts, links to resources, and a large supportive online community of other veterans and their families. PTSD Support is not intended to be a replacement for treatment, but instead a useful tool for connecting with resources and a community of others who share similar struggles.

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Credibility

Overall Score: 1.80/5.00

Total score: 6/14

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: 0/2

date of rating: June 2016

Total score: 3/14

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

date of rating: June 2016

Total score: 2/14

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

date of rating: June 2016

Total score: 5/14

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

date of rating: June 2016

Total score: 5/14

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

date of rating: June 2016

Total score: 4/14

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

date of rating: June 2016


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User Experience

Objective Quality Score: 3.94/5.00

Subscale scores:
Engagement: 3.70
Functionality: 4.38
Aesthetics: 3.67
Information: 4.00

Subjective quality score: 3.00

Perceived impact score: 3.25

Rating date: August 2016
Rated by: Queensland University


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Requires Android 2.3.3 and up
Developer: Consurgo
Type of Treatment: Test/Screener Apps
Targeted Conditions: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Target Audience: Adults, Adolescents
Designed to be used in conjunction with a healthcare professional: No
Cost:  Free
Get it on: Google Play

Available for: Mobile Devices
Company: ThriveStreams Inc.
Classification: Symptom Tracker
Targeted conditions: Schizophrenia, Mood Disorders, Stress & Anxiety
Target demographic: Adults
Special provider necessary: No, but recommended
Non-English Language versions available: No
Where to get it: the app on iTunes; the company site for subscriptions;

Available for: Apple™ devices
Company: Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research
Classification: Mindfulness
Targeted conditions: Mood Disorders, Stress & Anxiety
Target demographic: Adults and Adolescents
Special provider necessary: No
Non-English Language version available: No
Where to get it: iTunes

Available for: Apple™ devices
Company: Kristian Daoud
Classification: Cognitive Behavioral Principles; Symptom Tracker
Targeted conditions: Mood Disorders, Stress & Anxiety
Target demographic: Adults
Special provider necessary: No
Non-English Language versions available: No
Where to get it: iTunes

Available for: Apple™ devices
Company: MindApps, LLC
Classification: Cognitive Behavioral Principles
Targeted conditions: Mood Disorders, Stress & Anxiety
Target demographic: Adolescents and Adults
Special provider necessary: No, but recommended
Non-English Language versions available: No
Similar products: PE Coach, Anxiety Mint, Cognitive Diary CBT Self-Help
Where to get it: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ecbt-mood/id324060472?mt=8 (Mood); https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ecbt-calm/id356997070?mt=8 (Calm); https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ecbt-trauma/id355437454?mt=8 (Trauma)

Available for: Apple™ devices
Company: MedHelp
Classification: Symptom Tracker
Targeted conditions: Mood Disorders
Target demographic: Adolescents and Adults
Special provider necessary: No
Non-English Language versions available: No
Where to get it: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/moody-me-mood-diary-tracker/id411567371?mt=8

Available for: Mobile devices
Company: Hope for One, Mobile Roadie
Classification: Cognitive Behavioral Principles
Targeted conditions: PTSD
Target demographic: Adults
Special provider necessary: No
Non-English Language versions available: Yes (Multiple)
Where to get it: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ptsd-support/id379160810?mt=8 https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mobileroadie.app_718&hl=en http://mobileroadie.com/apps/ptsdsupport;

Research on this App

ThriveStreams, the developer of ThriveSync, is conducting research trials on their product. However, there is currently no available research on this product or its claims.

Research page: http://www.mayo.edu/research/publications/publication-search-results?keyword=meditation  –  this link is to the Mayo Clinic’s research page with a list of results for a search of the word “meditation” in their online publication database. The Mayo Clinic publishes a large volume of research, so you can enter your own search as well. However, there is no available research specifically on the product or its claims.