The Worry Box Mobile App

 
The Worry Box
The Worry Box
The Worry Box

Overview
 

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Developer: Excel At Life, LLC
 
Description: The Worry Box ® is a cognitive-behavioral therapy application (app) developed by the company Excel At Life, LLC for people who experience anxiety and worry. It teaches you how to assess whether a worry you have is important or not, or something you can or cannot control. When using the app, you learn how to identify irrational thoughts when faced with stress and anxiety, and you are coached through exercises aimed at learning how to decrease negative thinking and “let go” of the worry.
 
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Our Rating
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Bottom Line

The Worry Box ® is a cognitive-behavioral therapy application (app) developed by the company Excel At Life, LLC for people who experience anxiety and worry. It teaches you how to assess whether a worry you have is important or not, or something you can or cannot control. When using the app, you learn how to identify irrational thoughts when faced with stress and anxiety, and you are coached through exercises aimed at learning how to decrease negative thinking and “let go” of the worry.

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Posted July 6, 2015 by

 
Our Review
 
 

With The Worry Box app, you are able to go into the settings and personalize the design and colors of the display, as well as customize a “challenge list” of encouraging quotes to scroll across your device’s screen daily. With each new entry, you are coached through each step, and are able to view a history of your entries to see how you are doing, as well as share with your therapist. There is also a setting option for visually impaired users.

 

Easy-to-follow instructions in the settings allow you to add or edit your entries, set reminders for the day to check in, and keep a running journal of your worries and your goals to manage your worry. Being able to use the keyboard to type in data is the extent of “hand-eye” coordination needed for this app. Your data is automatically backed up to your device’s SD card or memory. Under settings and support, you can find specific instructions and help information. There are several options for features to help you with managing your worry, such as audios, articles, encouraging quotes that scroll across the homepage screen, and setting your own home screen soothing image.

 

Despite the developers stating the app can be used on all devices, it does not share information between devices. You will have to redo your entries on each of your devices.

 

Terms of Use state that the data entered by you will not be shared or released to anyone, and there is an option for “opting out” of allowing the app to collect data on your country of residence, as well as setting a password to protect your data. Excel At Life, LLC, the developer, refers you to their website for the full privacy policy which covers apps developed by them.

 

With this app, you are able to go into the settings and personalize the design and colors of the display, as well as customize a “challenge list” of encouraging quotes to scroll across your device’s screen daily. With each new entry, you are coached through each step, and are able to view a history of your entries to see how you are doing, as well as share with your therapist. There is also a setting option for visually impaired users.

 

A daily email reminder is sent to you on your device, which then takes you directly into a daily CBT session without having to navigate through extensive menus or sidebars. Because the app keeps a history of entries, you are also able to go directly to his or her archive and see their progress, as well as be able to share with their provider. A direct link is provided to access to the developer’s website, where assistance can be obtained for any usage or technology issues. A listing of clinicians who are using this app in their practices with effective outcomes is also available through the group’s website link.

 

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Does the app’s set of features adequately cover the range of tasks required to satisfy an actual need?
Does the app “meet workflow requirements and ultimately save time for the user?” Is the app free from “interface clutter, suboptimal eye-thumb coordination, steep learning curve, battery draining of the host device, etc.”?
Can the “app on one device share data with other apps and/or other devices?” Can the app “accept security assurances generated by some other app?”
Does the app have the following capabilities to maintain security- “privacy, not losing data, not being diverted, not being altered by an unauthorized agent, making sure there is no an impersonator communicating with the client/clinician”? Does the app meet HIPAA and FCC security requirements?
Does scientific evidence support the app itself rather than just the concept upon which the app is based?
Does the app accomplish a defined task without crashes, error messages, or complications? Does it perform consistently over time?

About the Author

Karen Wall, MA, RN-BC, BSN
Ms. Wall is a Psychiatric Registered Nurse with the VA at Palo Alto. Her duties include educating nurses, clinicians, and patients about technology to assist with mental health.

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