Pacifica is an app for all mobile devices and was created to address problems that stem from anxiety and anxiety disorders. Designed with the principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Pacifica is divided into five modules that impart skills that can help reduce the intensity and frequency of anxiety, worry or panic. The modules allow users to rate their mood multiple times per day; learn and practice relaxation techniques, including mindfulness mediation; record and analyze thoughts during incidents of stress or anxiety; set wellness goals and keep track of progress; and engage in behavior experiments to test and apply new abilities. Pacifica also allows users to track changes in their moods over time. Newer features additionally let users connect with one another and create community groups to share knowledge, resources, and support (caution is always advisable when utilizing features like these, as the quality of the information or advice, as well as your privacy, can often not be ensured). Pacifica is likely to be a useful tool for users struggling with mild-to-moderate anxiety and who are looking for a convenient way to improve their lives.

Available for: Mobile devices
Company: Pacifica Labs, Inc.
Classification: Cognitive Behavioral Principles
Targeted conditions: Stress & Anxiety
Target demographic: Adults
Special provider necessary: No
Non-English Language versions available: Yes (German)
Where to get it: Pacifica; iTunes; Google Play

Expert ratings and reviews

PsyberGuide rating: The research and support basis of the product

Total score: 8/14

Basis of research: 0/3
Source of funding for the research: 0/2
Specificity of proposed intervention: 2/3
Number of consumer ratings: 3/3
Product advisory support: 1/1
Software support: 2/2

date of rating: June 2016

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MARS rating

Quality scores range from 1 to 5, where 5 is the maximum score


Objective quality score: 4.70

Subscale scores:

Engagement: 4.40

Functionality: 4.75

Aesthetics: 5.00

Information: 4.67

Subjective quality score: 4.13

Perceived impact score: 4.08


Rated by: Queensland University

Date of rating: August 2016

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