November 20, 2017

Quick Anxiety Kit

You’re going to be okay, friend!

That’s the reassurance the Quick Anxiety Kit provides in this Student Innovation Project that can be a much-needed extended hand of support when anxiety occurs.

It’s staggering! According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), about 40 million people between the ages of 18-54 are affected with anxiety in the U.S. alone. Of those people, roughly only 10 percent will get the effective help that they need.

Quick Anxiety Kit is an app, which can be downloaded for free to help people who experience anxiety or panic attacks by using artistic components shown to have calming effects. These components include the color scheme, pictures, videos and a mini-game. The app will track when the user typically feels anxious and give them a reminder that the app is there when they need it and applaud/encourage them when they have had their anxiety under control for some time.

Tappy Cat is the game within the app, designed to replicate a type of psychotherapy, called EMDR, which is used primarily to help work slowly through the trauma with the guide of a therapist. It also works without the guide of the therapist by replicating rapid eye movement that occurs while sleeping, which can help calm the body and mind.

A free, interactive user tracking feature also helps individuals and caregivers keep track of anxiety episodes and which options on the app they are using. Choose from five different options: the breathing app, EMDR game, music player, check the user statistics, and Change the Settings.

 

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