OUR CASE STUDY WAS COMPLETED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF MONCTON

We are very happy to share results from a recent pilot study with our Feeling Moodie app conducted by Denis Lajoie and Annie Roy-Charland at the Université de Moncton. We have included excerpts from the study below, which we have taken from the full report - Click Here to View the Case Study

  • Amongst other functionalities, the Feeling Moodie App provides users with the opportunity to keep track of their daily activities and mood.
  • The study explored correlation patterns between psychological variables (positive and negative emotional affects) and frequency of Moodie use, and the participants’ average moods and activities.
  • As a proof-of-concept, the study explored the psychometric networks found across mood points using the Group Iterative Multiple Model Estimation (GIMME) approach and a non-direct psychometric network across all mood points.
  • In this study it was found that the frequency of Moodie use over a two month period was associated with lower anxiety levels at the end of the study period.
  • Correlations with frequency of Moodie use:
    1. correlations were statistically significant.
    2. People who reported more stress at time 1 used Moodie less. On the other hand, people who used Moodie more were less externally motivated and less anxious at time 2. The correlation with stress at time 1 is likely self-explanatory: stressed people probably had less psychological resources to spend on mood check-ins. The correlation with external motivation is more surprising but still logically plausible (people who are “in it for the money’ may find less value in participating in a scientific study over a long term). The negative correlation is likely the most interesting one: there is a potential for a causal effect here where Moodie use decreases anxiety. Of course, all correlations discussed must be interpreted in light of the study limitations.

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What is Anxiety?
Causes and Symptoms

Anxiety is a normal response to stress that we all feel from time to time. It can alert us of potential dangers, and can help motivate us to take action toward our goals. We might recognize it as an emotion and also through physical sensa- tions such as feeling restless, sweaty, nauseous, or having an increased heart rate. Although in the moment it can feel like our anxiety is permanent, these sensations are often temporary and are not dangerous in themselves.

However, anxiety can become a huge burden when we experience it constantly causing us to feel tired, tense, mentally foggy, irritable, and unable to participate fully in our lives. Sometimes, we may be tempted to avoid scenarios that trigger our anxiety, how- ever, this avoidance unfortunately only makes the the fear stronger. It is there- fore important to develop practical skills to recognize and tolerate our anxi- ety response, so that we can take back control of our lives.

What does Anxiety look like?
How it affects us

Anxiety can manifest both mentally and physically. Here are some common ways we experience anxiety:

  • Racing heart
  • Chest tightness
  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Trembling
  • Feeling on edge
  • Muscle tension
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Trouble sleeping
Sometimes our anxiety can take the form of thoughts such as:

  • “What if they make fun of me?”
  • “What if I do a bad job?”
  • “What if I never get better?”

We may also participate in behaviours that seem to decrease our anxiety in the short-term, but in reality prevent us from reaching our goals and makes the anxiety stronger over time. Here are some ways that could happen: Turning down invitations to social events because we are worried about embarrass- ing ourselves in front of new people;

Avoiding public transport because being in a crowded space makes us anxious; Avoiding speaking up in class or in a meeting in case we say the wrong thing; Turning down a promotion at work because we are afraid we will not be good enough.

Sometimes, anxiety can come on so quickly that we react before we realize what is happening around us. When this happens we may actually make the situation worse. It is important to recognize what our personal anxiety symptoms look like so that in a crisis, we can observe our physical and mental response and proceed mindfully.

Now take a moment to think about what anxiety looks like for you.