My name is Louise and I'm the Founder and Creator of WorryTree.
I created WorryTree after being diagnosed with Generalised Anxiety Disorder and being referred for a series of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy sessions.
During my CBT sessions, I learnt to catch worries and negative thoughts in the act, as they were happening, record and challenge them and where possible deal with them or change them. I worked hard to follow my therapist's homework suggestions, but grew tired of scribbling worries down on scraps of paper.
So I looked for an App for my phone.
I found plenty of apps that would help me schedule 'worry time' for later on, but nothing that quite fit the bill in terms of recording and problem solving worries there and then. So I built one.
And WorryTree was born and then launched on Google Play.
With support from Ieso Digital Health we were then able to release a new, more user friendly version of WorryTree on Apple as well!
Thanks also go to Emkore for their development support.
WorryTree helps you record, manage and problem solve your worries and anxiety based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques.
We've created a very simple, easy to use and practical app that will support you through the problem solving process helping you either to make a plan to deal with your worry, or find in-the-moment distractions to help you cope.
WorryTree was built by worriers, for worriers. We wanted to help other people who suffer from similar excessive worry and generalised anxiety.
WorryTree is for you if:
WorryTree is not:
WorryTree is designed to be a simple and effective way to control worry based on recognised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy techniques. We keep WorryTree's design simple so that you can focus on getting on with your day to day life.
Providing a reliable and responsive service is at the heart of everything we do at WorryTree. If you have a question or some feedback, we will always respond to you as soon as possible and we aim to involve as many users as we can in our future development.
WorryTree was founded by worriers, for people who find themselves overwhelmed by worried and negative thoughts. We want users to feel encouraged and not alone when they are a part of the WorryTree community of users.
We believe that we can all make practical day-to-day changes that will help us to form new habits and that recording and problem solving your worried thoughts on a regular basis will help you to re-train your thought patterns and take control of worry.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (also known as CBT) is a type of talking therapy based on the concept that your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and actions are interconnected, and that negative thoughts and feelings can trap you in a vicious cycle.
It tries to help you deal with problems by breaking them down into smaller parts.
One technique that therapists use during CBT with people who suffer from excessive worry is to train them to notice when they are worrying and try to build more constructive habits of problem solving and distraction. WorryTree is designed to support this element of CBT.
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It isn't always easy to spot when you're worrying, especially if it's a long term habit!
The good news is that the more you practice noticing your worries, the easier it becomes. Often people notice an anxious 'fight or flight' response before they realise they've been worrying about something, for example by feeling an increase in heart rate or butterflies in your stomach.
Some people find it useful to set a reminder on their phone so that they ask themselves what they're worrying about at several times across the day.
As we get into the habit of noticing our worries, the next step is to ask ourselves what we can do about them. For some worries it can be quite a simple problem to solve, for example if we are worrying a friend is upset with us, we can just ask them.
Other worries can seem completely out of our control but often if we can't change a situation, we can at least think of ways to change our response to it.
WorryTree is only as good as the feedback it receives from users so it's really important to us that as many of our users are involved in its development as possible. If you'd like to have the chance to share your experiences of WorryTree with us, receive hints and tips about dealing with your worries and hear our latest news then sign up for our monthly newsletter!