“Thought Challenger” is part of the Intellicare Suite* of mental health apps by the Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies.Thought Challenger is designed to help users gain control of how they feel and what they do by teaching them to recognize and challenge unhelpful thoughts. The main page of the Thought Challenger app includes two main sections: “Challenge” and “Review”. “Challenge” prompts the user to choose a negative thought to evaluate, reframe, and come up with more accurate thoughts through a 5-step process. The “Review” section provides an overview of thoughts and patterns so the user can view progress they are making. The app also provides options to customize and schedule reminders to optimize use.
*Stephen Schueller, the Executive Director of PsyberGuide and David Mohr, a PsyberGuide Scientific Advisory Board Member, were both involved with the development of IntelliCare. Dr. Schueller has no commercial interest in IntelliCare, nor Actualize Therapy. Dr. Mohr has an ownership interest in Actualize Therapy.
Overall Score: 10/14
Research Base: 1/3
Research Funding: 2/2
Proposed Intervention: 3/3
Consumer Ratings: 1/3
Clinical Input in Development: 1/1
Software Support: 2/2
Date of Rating: May 2018
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Overall Score: Questionable
Does the policy describe the information storage and sharing procedures related to user entered information 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
Available For: Android 4.0.3 and up
Developer: CBITs, Northwestern University
Type of Treatment: Cognitive Behavioral Principles, Psychoeducation & Information
Targeted Conditions: Mood Disorders, Stress & Anxiety
Target Audience: Not Specified
Designed to be used in conjunction with a healthcare professional: No
Languages Available: English
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Research on this App
“Thought Challenger” is part of the Intellicare Suite of mental health apps by the Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies. A 2017 trial of the Intellicare Suite found that users of the Intellicare apps showed a reduction in symptoms of depression and anxiety after using 5 or more apps in the Intellicare suite over eight weeks. In one study (Shields et al., 2017), 20 adults completed usability testing of Thought Challenger. They found that the majority of completion times were found to be acceptable (5 min or less), with minimal errors (1.2%, 10/840) and successful completion of CT thought records. Furthermore, CT knowledge and skills significantly improved after the initial use of Thought Challenger (P=.009). Another study by Lattie et al (2015) presents the uptake and usage of apps from the IntelliCare suite following an open deployment on a large app marketplace. In the first year of public availability, 5210 individuals downloaded one or more of the IntelliCare apps, for a total of 10,131 downloads. Nearly a third of these individuals (31.8%) downloaded more than one of these apps. The modal number of launches for each of the apps was 1, however the mean number of app launches per app ranged from 3.10 to 16.98, reflecting considerable variability in the use of each app.