Sad Scale

Sad Scale is an Apple™ app that uses brief questionnaires to let users get involved in their mental health. It contains four widely-used screening measures for depression: one for adults, one for children, one for elderly adults, and one for postpartum depression. Users can complete these measures multiple times and keep track of their scores on a graph that can also be shared with a doctor. Sad Scale is designed to help users who are concerned about their mental health to make more informed decisions and better manage their lives. However, this app does not appear to have been revised for some time, and users should be cautious when using apps without security updates.

Available for: Apple™ devices
Company: Deep Pocket Series, LLC
Classification: Symptom Tracker
Targeted conditions: Mood Disorders
Target demographic: All ages
Special provider necessary: No
Non-English Language versions available: No
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PsyberGuide rating: The research and support basis of the product

Total score: 5/14

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

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: 1.82

Subscale scores:

Engagement: 1.00

Functionality: 2.88

Aesthetics: 1.33

Information: 2.08

Subjective quality score: 1.00

Perceived impact score: 1.08


Rated by: Queensland University

Date of rating: August 2016

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