MoodGYM - Anxiety
MoodGYM is a cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) based intervention designed to prevent or reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. MoodGYM aims to help you identify and overcome problem emotions and develop good coping skills. The program consists of five modules each taking 20- to 40-minutes to complete, which are completed in a prescribed order. These contain information, animated demonstrations, quizzes, and homework exercises. The modules teach you about your mood and how to change it. You are taught to identify "warpy" thoughts, develop problem-solving skills, and learn to cope with life events. The modules are completed at your own pace and you are given feedback about your mood and what your results mean.
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- Agency Responsible:
- National Institute for Mental Health Research, The Australian National University.
- Intervention Type:
- Psychological – CBT.
- Course Length:
- Moderate (2-5 modules). Comprises 5 modules
- Support Option:
- Automated only.
- Primary Category:
- Generalised anxiety disorder. And depression
- Target Audiences:
- Adolescent and Adult.
- Chinese, Dutch, English and Norwegian.
- Open: With registration.
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- Outcome Summary:
There is good evidence from controlled trials and studies in real world settings that MoodGYM is effective in reducing symptoms of anxiety. A randomised controlled trial (RCT) in an adolescent school-based population found that participants who completed the MoodGYM program had significantly lower levels of anxiety than participants in a wait-list control condition (d = 0.15- 0.25). The effect of the program was still significant at 6-months follow-up. An RCT conducted with a university sample showed that in comparison to a control group, participants completing the MoodGYM program had significantly decreased scores on measures of anxiety, distress and frequency of automatic negative thoughts. Similarly, a more recent RCT with university students found participants in a MoodGYM group displayed significant improvements in both anxiety symptoms and CBT literacy relative to controls. Studies of public registrants to the MoodGYM website have also show significant decreases in anxiety symptoms as participants progress through the program.
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Research paper citations
Calear, A. L., Christensen, H., Mackinnon, A., Griffiths, K. M. & O'Kearney, R. (2009). The YouthMood Project: a cluster randomized controlled trial of an online cognitive behavioral program with adolescents. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 77(6), 1021-1032.
Christensen, H., Griffiths, K. M., & Korten, A. (2002). Web-based cognitive behavior therapy: analysis of site usage and changes in depression and anxiety scores. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 4(1), e3.
Christensen, H., Griffiths, K. M., Korten, A. E., Brittliffe, K., & Groves, C. (2004). A comparison of changes in anxiety and depression symptoms of spontaneous users and trial participants of a cognitive behavior therapy website. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 6(4), e46.
Christensen, H., Griffiths, K., Groves, C., & Korten, A. (2006). Free range users and one hit wonders: Community users of an Internet-based cognitive behaviour therapy program. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 40, 59-62.
Christensen, H., Griffiths, K. M., Mackinnon, A. J., & Brittliffe, K. (2006). Online randomized controlled trial of brief and full cognitive behaviour therapy for depression. Psychological Medicine, 36, 1737-1746.
Ellis, L., Campbell, A.J., Sethi, S., O'Dea, B.M. (2011) Comparative Randomized Trial of an online cognitive-behavioural therapy program and an online support group for depression and anxiety. Journal of Cyber Therapy & Rehabilitation, 4(4): 461-467.
Sethi, S., Campbell, A. J., Ellis, L. A. (2010). The use of computerized self-help packages to treat adolescent depression and anxiety. Journal of Technology in Human Services, 28(3), 144-160.
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Last Updated: August 18th 2014