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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: 2.85/5.00

Research base 0/3
Research support 0/2
Specificity of proposed intervention 3/3
Number of consumer ratings 3/3
Product advisory support 0/1
Software support 2/2

Total 8/14

Date of rating: July 2016


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User Experience

Objective Quality Score: 3.18/5.00

Subscale scores:
Engagement: 2.80
Functionality: 3.75
Aesthetics: 3.00
Information: 3.17

Subjective quality score: 3.00

Perceived impact score: 3.17

Rating date: February 2018
Rated by: Queensland University


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Available for: Mobile Devices
Company: MoodTools
Classification: Cognitive Behavioral Principles
Targeted conditions: Mood Disorders
Target demographic: Adults
Special provider necessary: No
Non-English Language versions available: No
Where to get it:
iTunes
Google Play

Research on this App

No available research on the product or its claims