Wysa: stress, depression & anxiety therapy chatbot

Version: 1.0.4 | Cost: In App Purchases

Level 4 - Regulated
Country: IN
Category: Depression, Stress and Anxiety
Released: 06/10/2016
Updated: 06/09/2019
Version: 1.0.4
Size: 6mb
Developer: Touchkin
Reviewed On: 02/10/2019
This App achieved an ORCHA score of 93%.

It was assessed as a Level 4 App. These Apps can be focused on general health or specific conditions and contain advanced and complex features that are subject to formal regulation. Where they collect data we assess their data use policies and compliance with relevant standards. Because they are health focused we also assess their compliance in the Clinical Assurance as well as the User Experience domains.

This App does collect data and it is therefore assessed and scored based on its performance in all the sections of our review.

Data Privacy
26/30
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Clinical Assurance
50/50
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User Experience
17/20
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Developer description
This Father's day gift yourself and your family a Father's day special. Imagine a mood tracker, mindfulness coach, anxiety helper, and mood-boosting buddy, all rolled into one. Wysa, your happiness buddy is that friendly and caring chatbot. Wysa is packed with daily spiritual meditation for women that improves women's mental health and is also a perfect way to bond over family meditation. Always there for you when you need someone to talk to, Wysa helps you keep track of your mood with friendly chats and helps fight stress and anxiety with its proven techniques and calming meditation and mindfulness audios. Checking in with Wysa regularly will improve your emotional health so you can track your happiness and mood. Talk to Wysa now and psy yourself up to fight off stress. Wysa is your AI friend that you can chat with for free. You can talk to the cute penguin or use its free mindfulness exercises for effective anxiety relief, depression and stress management. Its therapy based techniques and conversations make for a very cute and calming therapy chat app whether you're looking to cope better with mental disorders, to manage stress or to boost your mental health. Wysa, your happiness buddy, will support you through the big and small anxieties of life by using science as a foundation to strengthen your mental health. Research-backed, widely used techniques of CBT, DBT, Yoga and meditation are employed to support you with stress, anxiety, deep sleep, loss and other mental health and wellness needs. If you are dealing with stress, anxiety and depression or coping with low self-esteem, then talking to Wysa can help you relax and get unstuck - it’s empathetic, helpful, and will never judge. You will overcome your mental health obstacles, through empathetic conversation and free CBT therapy based technique. So, pour your heart out to your happiness buddy, Wysa as your identity will remain anonymous and your conversations are privacy protected. Used around the clock and trusted by 500,000 people, Wysa is an emotionally intelligent chatbot that uses AI to react to the emotions you express. Unlock tools and techniques that help you cope with challenges in a fun, conversational way. For extra support, you can avail guidance from a real human coach - a skilled psychologist who will take you through the advanced coaching sessions for your needs. You can use Wysa to rewire your mind to improve your emotional health. Fight off depression or get stress relief using cbt techniques and guided sleep meditations for optimal sleep. Here’s a look at what you can use Wysa for Vent and talk through things or just reflect on your day Practice CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and DBT techniques to build resilience in a fun way Use one of 40 conversational coaching tools which helps in dealing with Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Panic Attacks, Worry, Loss, or Conflict Relax, focus and sleep peacefully with the help of 20 mindfulness meditation exercises 93% of the people who talk to Wysa find it and the tools helpful: - Build confidence, reduce self-doubt and improve your self-esteem: core meditation and mindfulness, visualisation, confidence visualisation techniques, advanced mindfulness for self-esteem. - Manage anger: mindfulness meditation exercises for compassion, calming your thoughts and practice breathing - Manage anxious thoughts and anxiety: deep breathing, techniques for observing thoughts, visualization, and tension relief. - Tired? Get a burst of energy! Visualisation and meditation exercises to increase positivity and get blissful sleep, quick yoga and physical exercises to get active - Dealing with worry: observe mindfulness, resolving technique, challenge negativity, practice breathing techniques - Manage conflict at work, school or in relationships: special mindfulness and visualization techniques like empty chair exercise, gratitude meditation, exercises to build skills in having difficult conversations
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Goal Setting and Gamification
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Data Sharing
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Automated Guidance
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Wellbeing Tracking
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Data Collection

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The type of data that it collects is classified as sensitive data.

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Data Use

The App does state that it won't share user data in any way with other people without the user's consent.

The App does allow users to share information in the App with other Apps, systems, organisations or users.

Data Security

The App does encrypt the information it collects to make it safe from other people as it is transferred from the App.

The App does encrypt the information it collects to make it safe from other people as it is retained by the the developer.

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Professional Assurance

It was clear from our review that a suitably qualified professional or organisation was involved in the Apps development.

It was clear from our review how regularly the advice and guidance given by the App was reviewed and updated by relevant professionals.

Testing

It was clear from our review that the App had been involved in any clinical trials or similar testing to demonstrate its 'real world' effectiveness.

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Testing

It wasclear from our review that the App had been through end user testing as part of its design and development.

Customisation

The App does provide customisable features.

End user capacity

The App does provide support for users with poor sight.

The App does provide support for users with hearing difficulties.

Support

The App doesn't appear to have a clear approach to dealing with user issues.

Cost

The App isn't entirely free to use.

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