moodgym is like an interactive self-help book which helps you to learn and practise skills which can help to prevent and manage symptoms of depression and anxiety.

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How is moodgym structured?

moodgym provides training in cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), and consists of five interactive modules which are completed in order.

These include information, interactive exercises, workbooks to record thoughts, feelings and behaviours, and quizzes with personalised feedback.

Module 1. Feelings

Why you feel the way you do
  • Connections between thoughts and feelings
  • Identifying the emotional consequences of negative thoughts
  • Understanding WUTIWUF (what you think is what you feel)

Module 2: Thoughts

Changing the way we think to feel better
  • Types of dysfunctional thinking and how these might be contested
  • Common problem areas such as authority and intimate relationships
  • Improving self-esteem

Module 3: Unwarping

Changing warped thoughts
  • Different ways to change dysfunctional thinking
  • Identifying personal vulnerabilities
  • More help with self-esteem through actively increasing positive events

Module 4: Destressing

Knowing what makes you upset
  • Identifying situations or events which might trigger stress or warped thoughts
  • Relaxation methods (includes downloads)
  • Problem solving

Module 5: Relationships

Break-ups and how you were raised
  • How to cope with and grow from relationship break-ups
  • Mum and Dad issues (or how you were raised)

Workbook

Easy access to quizzes and diaries
  • Retake quizzes and compare your results over time
  • Access exercises and diaries from each of the modules

Program elements

EXERCISES AND QUIZZES

As you progress through moodgym, you will be asked to answer questions about your feelings and thoughts.

moodgym then provides personalised feedback about your quiz results.

MODULE SUMMARIES

At the end of each module a summary is available which can also be printed.

The summary includes quiz results and feedback, as well as the key concepts taught in the module.

CHARACTERS

The moodgym characters illustrate how contrasting thinking styles and vulnerabilities can lead to different emotions and outcomes.

Users meet Noproblemos, Cyberman, Iffy, Worrie-woman, Moody and Creepy Angry.

moodgym features

Over 1 million users worldwide
Anonymous, confidential
Secure handling of your data
Access anytime, at your own pace
Scientifically evaluated

Evidence for effectiveness

Scientific trials evaluating moodgym have shown that using two or more modules is linked to significant reductions in depression and anxiety symptoms. The trials also found that these benefits still last after 12 months. moodgym has been the subject of over 40 peer-reviewed publications and has demonstrated effectiveness in individuals of various ages and ethnicity in different settings.

ehub Health welcomes independent research on the use of the moodgym with specific population groups or different settings. We encourage researchers to contact us to discuss the requirements of your research.

References

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Focus on problem areas

moodgym helps users to identify their particular areas of vulnerability – for example perfectionism, need for approval or sense of entitlement.

Users can then explore specific ways to deal with different vulnerabilities, and practice with interactive exercises and diaries.

What moodgym users are saying

“The best bit was realising that how I think is flexible, and that there are many ways to change how I think so that I can be less depressed or anxious in my life.”

moodgym user

“It was powerful to know that other people struggle in the same way that I do, and that there is help. I could go through at my own pace and redo any section I needed again.”

moodgym user

“I liked the concepts and realistic, relatable everyday examples that illustrate the concepts (as well as the solutions and examples of what that thought might sound like).”

moodgym user

Smart phone friendly

moodgym works on devices with different sized screens, including smart phones and tablets. Users access the program through their web browser –  anywhere, and at any time – with privacy and confidentiality.

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