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.
Now with support from IESO Digital Health, we've been able to release a new version of WorryTree which we hope you'll find easier to use, as well as release WorryTree for the first time for iOS devices on the App Store.
Thanks also go to Emkore for their development support.
WorryTree has been designed to help users record and manage their worries on the go through a secure app on their phone. Based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) techniques, WorryTree takes you through a series of steps once you've noticed that you're worrying about something:
WorryTree also lets you customise which distractions work best for you, as well as categorise your worries so you can see patterns over time. You can also set reminders so that you can take positive steps to deal with your worry later on.
WorryTree is not a substitute for professional mental health care, therapy or advice. If you're worried about any aspect of your mental health, or someone else's, you should always approach a professional.
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.
To find out more you can take a look at some of the links below:
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.
As well as regular updates to fix bugs and gremlins, we're currently working on the next version of WorryTree and a premium version that will be available at a low monthly cost. We'd love our users to get involved and give us feedback on the development work we're doing, so please get in touch if you're interested in helping to shape future versions of WorryTree.