Moving Forward is a symptom tracker for stress-related information with the goal of improving mindfulness and balance in the present moment. The app teaches about negative effects of stress empowering the user to assess, manage, and attempt to solve the issues at hand. Moving Forward helps develop positive coping skills for both the short and long term through problem-solving quizzes, stress tracking and step-by-step exercises via audio recordings and multimedia activities to actively engage the user. Guided activities to change one’s behavior and thought processes are supplemented by worksheets and tips to enhance stress management strategies. Moving Forward also offers routes for personal and professional support with resources focused on addressing mental health, financial concerns, and readjustment issues for military personnel post-deployment. It is developed for veterans or service members, however could be useful to anyone with mood disorders.
Available for: iOS4.3 or later (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch)
Company Name: US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA): Office of Mental Health Services, Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE): National Center for Telehealth & Technology
Classification: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (with Symptom Tracking aspect for stress management), Problem-Solving Therapy
Targeted conditions: PTSD, Mood Disorders
Target demographics: Adults (primarily military personnel)
Special provider necessary: No (but has companion website with online course if desired)
Languages available in: English
Where to get it: iTunes App Store
Expert ratings and reviews
PsyberGuide rating: The research and support basis of the product
Research base 0/3
Research support 2/2
Specificity of proposed intervention 2/3
Number of consumer ratings 0/3
Product advisory support 1/1
Software support 0/2
date of rating: May 2017
- Two experts rated the MARS
- Quality scores range from 1 to 5, where 5 is the maximum score
Research on the product
A clinical trial evaluating Moving Forward is currently underway (https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT01891734). However, there is strong support for the efficacy of problem solving therapy for a variety of psychiatric conditions including depression. A recent meta-analysis of 31 randomized trials found problem-solving therapy was superior to no treatment, treatment as usual, and attention placebo and comparable to other active treatments.
Malouff, J. M., Thorsteinsson, E. B., & Schutte, N. S. (2007). The efficacy of problem solving therapy in reducing mental and physical health problems: a meta-analysis. Clinical psychology review, 27(1), 46-57.
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