ReachOut Breathe is an Apple™ app created to help users learn controlled breathing to address anxiety, panic, or simple stress. Essentially a guided relaxation tool, ReachOut Breathe is relatively unique in that it provides users with a visual aid to guide users during their breathing. Users can customize important features, such as such as breathing intervals or duration, to match their current abilities and tune these features as they become more proficient at deep breathing. ReachOut Breathe also is able to measure users’ heartrate with the camera and flash included in all smartphones; by tracking heartrate before and after a round of deep breathing, as well as between sessions, users can see the effects of their practice. While the app will not cure anxiety disorders or panic disorders, it is likely to be a good option for individuals who are looking for guided practice in a fundamental relaxation skill.

ReachOut Breathe is also optimized for use with the Apple Watch.

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Overall Score: 1.80/5.00

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

Total 5/14

date of rating:  September 2016

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Available for: Apple™ devices
Company: ReachOut Australia
Classification: Cognitive Behavioral Principles
Targeted conditions: Stress & Anxiety
Target demographic: Adolescents and Adults
Special provider necessary: No
Non-English Language version available: No
Where to get it: iTunes