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MoodMission is targeted at people dealing with stress, anxiety, or depression. The app provides different activities, or “missions”, based on how the user is feeling. Users select how they feel at a particular time (anxious, depressed, or neither), how distressing their feelings are, and choose from a range of options which best describes the problem (e.g. ‘I can’t stop thinking about something’ or ‘I can’t quite put my finger on it’). Based on the user’s responses, 5 missions are provided, with objectives and an explanation of why this activity may help. Missions can be behavior-based (e.g. learn how to knit, crochet, or sew), physical-based (e.g. push ups), thought-based (e.g. decatastrophize) or emotion-based (e.g. breath and emotions meditation). Users choose to accept a mission, mark the mission as complete when finished, and then rate how distressed they feel following the mission and how helpful they found it. The mission log shows all completed missions and various achievements (i.e. completed one mission, completed 10 behavioral missions, completed 20 emotional missions). Users are assigned ranks as they progress through the app activities. As data from the app is being used for a research study conducted by Monash University, users are asked to complete 6 surveys of about 5 minutes each before unlocking the app, on topics such as well-being and moods and emotions.

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Credibility

Overall Score: 4.28/5.00

Overall Score: 12/14

Research Base: 2/3
Research Funding: 2/2
Proposed Intervention: 3/3
Consumer Ratings: 2/3
Clinical Input in Development: 1/1
Software Support: 2/2

Date of Rating: September 2017


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User Experience

Objective Quality Score: 3.78/5.00

Subscale scores:
Engagement: 3.60
Functionality: 4.00
Aesthetics: 4.00
Information: 3.50

Subjective quality score: 3.50

Perceived impact score: 3.17

Rating date: February 2018
Rated by: Queensland University


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Transparency

Overall Score: Unacceptable

Overall Score: Unacceptable

Does the app have a privacy policy?:Yes
Does the privacy policy describe the information storage and sharing procedures related to user entered information, OR state that user information is stored locally?:Yes
Does the privacy policy state that the app/server encrypts/de-identifies the entered data OR state that user information is stored locally?:No/Can’t Tell
Does the app provide the option of a pin entry or log-in process to view and enter user data?:Yes
Does the privacy policy state whether or not users can use the app WITHOUT entering identifiable information, OR state that user information is stored locally?:No/Can’t Tell
Does the privacy policy state whether or not users can delete entered information OR state that user information is stored locally?:No/Can’t Tell
Does the privacy policy state whether or not users can edit entered information OR state that user information is stored locally?:Yes


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More Information

Available for: iOS 8.0 or later (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch), Android 4.1 or later
Developer: Mood MissionPtd Ltd
Type of Treatment: Cognitive Behavior Training
Targeted Conditions: Mood disorders; Stress & Anxiety
Target Audience: Not specified
Designed to be used in conjunction with a healthcare professional: No
Languages Available: English
Cost: Free
Where to get it: iTunesGoogle Play

Research on this App

Skills acquisition is a key component of cognitive and behavioral therapies, and can mediate treatment outcomes (e.g. Hundt, Mignogna, Underhill, & Cully, 2013). Results from a study of 44 patients with depression, for example, suggested that symptom reduction after 16 weeks of cognitive therapy was related to changes in patients’ acquisition of coping skills requiring deliberate efforts and reflective thought (Adler, Strunk & Faio, 2015).

  • Adler, A. D., Strunk, D. R., & Fazio, R. H. (2015). What Changes in Cognitive Therapy for Depression? An Examination of Cognitive Therapy Skills and Maladaptive Beliefs. Behavior Therapy, 46(1), 96–109. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.beth.2014.09.001
  • Hundt, N. E., Mignogna, J., Underhill, C., & Cully, J. A. (2013). The Relationship Between Use of CBT Skills and Depression Treatment Outcome: A Theoretical and Methodological Review of the Literature. Behavior Therapy, 44(1), 12–26. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.beth.2012.10.001