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Depression CBT Self-Help Guide

Depression CBT Self-Help Guide

100,000 - 500,000 downloads

  • Many tools to help you understand and conquer depression
  • Can password protect your data
  • Downright ugly design
  • Difficult to use
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Expert's Review

"Don't worry, be happy. Maybe."

Reviewed by / Nov 18, 2013

Learn to control the stress that contributes to depression

Bummed out beyond belief? There's an app for that. Excel At Life's Depression CBT Self-Help Guide contains approximately a zillion tools to help you out of your depression, or at least to understand it better.

The app includes a screening test plus graph to check the severity of your mood swings, many articles regarding clinical depression and cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT), loads of suggestions to help you motivate yourself, Depression Assistance Audio to help you better understand the condition, and a Cognitive Thought Diary for challenging stressful thinking.

Unfortunately, the design of the app is highly disorganized, and plenty of it downright ugly. The chipper pink and purple scheme does nothing to help out someone already down on themselves, and it's difficult to use to boot.

Excel At Life's Depression CBT Self-Help Guide is a nice idea, but needs to be put in a more attractive shell in order to be truly useful.

Tags: depression cbt self help, cbt apps for depression, cbt thought diary, cbt depression, self improvement 2013, depression cbt self help guide.

Developer's original description available here

***Screening test with graph to monitor severity of depressed mood
***Articles about clinical depression and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
***50 suggestions from CBT with a tracking feature to help focus positively and motivate
***Depression Assistance Audio to help understand clinical depression
***Cognitive Thought Diary to learn to challenge stressful thinking and provide positive feedback
***Emotion Training Audio to learn to access calming moods or emotions
***Relaxation Audios to learn deep relaxation
***Password protection available
***Customization of graphics

NOTE: All audios can be downloaded from

The natural management of depression involves understanding depression and the factors that contribute to the symptoms. Learning to manage stress in your life and engage in self-care behaviors can improve your symptoms and your mood.

This app contains a depression severity test, audios, articles, a cognitive diary, and a motivational points system that help you learn how to do this.

Reason for permissions:
1) READ PHONE STATE AND IDENTITY--necessary when listening to audios to pause playback when phone call is received (Excel At Life never accesses identity)
2) MODIFY DELETE SD CARD CONTENTS--necessary to allow saving data to SD card
3) FULL INTERNET ACCESS AND VIEW NETWORK STATE--necessary to determine if internet access is available when linking to articles and audios

Motivational rewards now available!
***Sign-up for and earn points to redeem for cash whenever you engage in the self-improvement activities in this app.
***This is an advertiser-sponsored program but you have control over whether you want to participate and you get paid for participating.

Recently changed in this version

1.7 Fixed customizing suggestions
--Added mindfulness audios

Comments and ratings for Depression CBT Self-Help Guide
  • (69)

    by Vicki Hardin on 14/06/2014


  • (69)

    by Kaleem Ullah Saleh on 31/05/2014

    An excellent effort. Notes are Very easy to understand, give opportunity to make some sense of what one is going through. Good job

  • (69)

    by Himani Sharma on 31/05/2014

    Thorough and full of options. The audios are excellent. The CBT diary is well organized. Motivating points system! Love it!!

  • (69)

    by Nikki w on 30/05/2014

    Very good app

  • (69)

    by Tammy Tankian on 28/05/2014

    This app is helping me a lot to deal with my depression. Thanks a lot. And one sugestion: more 'kinds of points' and more audios and texts. (: again, thanks!

  • (69)

    by Kashi Mughal on 25/05/2014

    Coloured pages make it impossible to read.

  • (69)

    by Michele Brown on 24/05/2014

    It has helped me so much with my swings having bipolar. I have recommended to everyone in my class.