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MoodTools is an app for all mobile devices that was created to help users manage common symptoms of depression. Designed for individuals struggling with clinical (i.e. moderate-severe) depression, the app provides six tools based on principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to improve users’ mood and functioning: 1) information to educate users about depression (including access to internet resources); 2) videos on a variety of topics that can help with low mood (such as guided meditation or inspirational talks); 3) a Thought Diary to guide users observe and change problematic thinking patterns; 4) an activities log with suggestions for invigorating behaviors and the ability to track how much they help; 5) an electronic version of the widely-used PHQ-9 test to help users track their moods; and 6) a safety planner that lets users store a set of resources should they find themselves in crisis. MoodTools can be used as a stand-alone program or as part of treatment with a doctor or other mental health provider, and may be particularly useful for users who do not have access to more traditional mental health treatments.

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Credibility

Overall Score: 3.21/5.00

Overall Score: 9/14

Research Base: 0/3
Research Funding: 0/2
Proposed Intervention 3/3
Consumer Ratings: 3/3
Clinical Input in Development: 1/1
Software Support: 2/2

Rating Date: June 2019


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User Experience

Objective Quality Score: 3.06/5.00

Subscale scores:
Engagement: 2.40
Functionality: 4.00
Aesthetics: 2.83
Information: 3

Subjective quality score: 2.13

Perceived impact score: 2.83

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 OR de-identifies the entered data OR state that user information is stored locally?: Yes
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 whether or not users can delete entered information OR state that user information is stored locally?: Yes
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: Mobile Devices
Developer: MoodTools
Type of Treatment: Cognitive Behavioral Principles
Targeted Conditions: Mood Disorders
Target Audience: Adults
Designed to be used in conjunction with a healthcare professional: No
Languages Available: English
Cost: Free
Get it on:  iTunesGoogle Play

Research on this App

No available research on the product or its claims