Catch it – Making sense of your moods

Catch it is the result of a collaboration between the Institute of Psychology Health of the University of Liverpool and the University of Manchester. The goal is to provide users insight in the how and why of their feelings. The application relies on a number of principles from cognitive behavioural therapy in orde to achieve this goal. The developers furthermore highlight that the app should primarily be considered as a tool to illustrate and demonstrate the key principles, rather than for it to be an alternative for professional care.

– Whenever you wish to record a mood, you can select a number of defaults from a menu or enter a mood yourself. When doing so, you can also rate the intensity and provide your location. Irrespective of the valence of the emotion and the intensity of that emotion, you subsequently run through a process of challenging your cognitions and trying to change them (or their intensity). In the case of the registration of a strong, positive emotion, this seems somewhat inappropriate.
– There is no possibility to receive automatic notifications: you have to take the initiative to commence a registration yourself.

+ The app pays strong attention to data protection: each time you boot the app (and even when you switch between applications), you are required to enter a 4 digit PIN to gain access to the diary.  There is also an extensive part of the app that concerns privacy and it also allows you to indicate whether or not you wish to share your data anonymously with the app’s researcher (an option which is inactive by default).
+ The app has a nice design and is intuitive to use.
+ You can easily export diary data as an email attachment in a CSV-format.

“Catch it can be a useful tool to keep track of one or several emotions and if applicable, also to challenge them an subsequently share yhour experience, for example with a mental healthcare professional.”

Install the app using the links below, or read more on the use of apps in MHC.

iOS App Store     Google Play

 

Settle Your Glitter

Unfortunately, this app is temporarily (?) unavailable.

This app by the Momentous Institute aims to ease deep breathing exercises for children, for a number of specific emotions. These are visualised as whirling down glitters in a virtual snow globe.

– The duration of the exercise cannot be chosen in advance and takes on average 1 minute. At that point, you have to chose whether or not you would like to continue.
– After completing the exercise, the remaining intensity of the feeling is evaluated. The automatic response following this evaluation is however independent of the exercise’s result.

+ Children can shake the smart phone to start the exercise: a fun interactive aspect.
+ The puffer fish which visualises breathing looks nice and offers support when conducting the breathing exercises.
+ The amount of glitters varies according to the initial intensity of the emotions children report before starting the exercise.

“Settle Your Glitter provides a fun visualisation of two complex topics: emotion intensity and deep breathing.”

 

Install the app using the links below, or read more on the use of apps in MHC.

iOS App Store     Google Play