Tactical Breather emphasizes mindfulness and breathing exercises for stress management. It is ideal for those suffering from depression or mood disorders (especially military personnel). The app breaks down user experiences into four categories: intro, tutorial, breathe and settings to improve navigation. Tactical Breather uses mostly verbal instruction with guided teachings on the importance of breathing for physiological stability and how best to engage in simple exercises to prevent shallow inhalations or exhalations. While breathing, the app offers a visual aid designed as a circle with a timer that changes color as one follows the instructed audio. The guided voice can be switched from male or female to best tailor to the user’s personal preferences, but does not offer long term tracking or personalized user features related to one’s health.


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Overall Score: 3.20/5.00

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

Total 9/14

date of rating:  June 2017


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Available for: Android, iOS 6.1 or later (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch)
Company Name: National Center for Telehealth & Technology
Classification (Type of Treatment): Mindfulness
Targeted conditions: Mood Disorders
Target demographics: Adults (especially military personnel)
Special provider necessary: No
Languages Available in: English
Where to get it:
iTunes App Store
Google Play