Molehill Mountain has been developed by Autistica and King’s College London to help autistic people understand and self-manage their anxiety.
We have worked with closely autistic people at every stage in developing Molehill Mountain to ensure that it is easy for autistic people to use and is relevant to their needs.
Molehill Mountain is based on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), a well-established and clinically proven technique for managing the symptoms of anxiety. The app has been developed with the full involvement of Professor Emily Simonoff, Dr Ann Ozsivadjian and Dr Rachel Kent from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London.
Most autistic people experience anxiety on a regular basis. Around eight out of ten will have symptoms of anxiety – and of these, three or four will have enough symptoms to be given a diagnosis of anxiety disorder.
Molehill Mountain allows you to track your worries and identify the situations that trigger your anxiety. Your daily check-ins are plotted on a chart which allows you to identify pattern and trends – and you can also display a previous check-in to help you identify recurring triggers for your anxiety.
Over time, you unlock tips that will help you to understand your anxiety and learn ways to manage it. The daily tips have been completely rewritten for this new version of Molehill Mountain. In addition, we have added dozens of extra mini-tips to cover many of the common causes of anxiety and stress in autistic people, such as hypersensitivity to noise, light and touch or difficulties with social situations and communication.
The app also has interactive CBT activities which you can use at any time. These draw upon well-established and clinically proven techniques and are designed to help you to recognise and overcome unhelpful patterns of thinking.
The development of Molehill Mountain has been supported by:
• The Maudsley Charity
• The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists’ Charity
• The Pixel Fund
Autistica is the UK’s national autism research charity. They exist to create breakthroughs that enable every autistic person to live a happy, healthy and long life. They do so by:
• Shaping and growing research across the UK
• Funding new and innovative research solutions
• Campaigning for better services and shaping national policy
• Sharing evidence-based tools, resources, and information
The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London
King’s College London is one of the top 10 UK universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2018/19) and among the oldest in England. King’s has more than 31,000 students (including more than 12,800 postgraduates) from some 150 countries worldwide, and some 8,500 staff.
The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London is the premier centre for mental health and related neurosciences research in Europe. It produces more highly cited outputs (top 1% citations) on mental health than any other centre (SciVal 2019) and on this metric we have risen from 16th (2014) to 4th (2019) in the world for highly cited neuroscience outputs. World-leading research from the IoPPN has made, and continues to make, an impact on how we understand, prevent and treat mental illness and other conditions that affect the brain.
Bug fixes and improvements.
Ratings and Reviews
Great really helpful
I downloaded this app to use as something to track my daily anxiety, and to have a record to share during CBT therapy. It was recommended by a friend (from an Aspergers social/support group) and it’s so helpful, it was immediately helpful and I started to see what anxiety triggers were for me, I loved the daily tips and am using them. They have been great help while recovering from depression and anxiety.
A couple weeks in, the app updated and I lost all my logs, back to the start. So I was sad about that. The new layout is a bit harder for me to follow (not as simple) and the one thing I really miss is after logging a difficult day it used to ask me “What are you looking forward to?” just having those buttons with positive options was so so helpful - like it gave me a step forward, and reminded me tomorrow there will be something nice to aim for. In the update that’s gone.
The update does now allow log in to the journal entries more than once a day which is great and means I can access it to share in therapy.
Great app, thank you very much!
Old Man Bull 🌈♾review
I think this CBT-based app can be helpful in developing emotional literacy, learning to focus on the experience of the body and what is called mind, but it doesn’t really take into account that learning to think differently and avoid less is ultimately limiting as an approach. As an autistic man, I know that even having spent multiple years in yoga developing mindful practice, and after several years of psychotherapy, some situations provoke severe anxiety owing solely to the sensory, social and cognitive input (for want of a better turn of phrase!) and all I can do is choose to stay with that anxiety (accepting my thoughts, my experience and live with the fallout, in terms of stress) or avoid it. This app completely misses the need to identify as autistic and learning to self-advocate, to self-limit and say ‘Not today, do I want to be exposed to this neurotypical milieu!’ I couldn’t really see where the autistic adaptations were, except for asking me to think about worries connected to sensory input. Overall, not bad, 3 stars. But where’s the autistic input? ♾ 🌈😊
DONT USE if you’re autistic!
The process is daunting. You have to fill in ‘activities’ and triggers yourself. But when you come back to use it and have to select which triggers and actions apply you can’t read you’ve previously entered because the text field on the selection buttons is too small and won’t expand. There’s only enough room for maybe two words. How can you explain a trigger or action in one or two words?! I clicked on ‘help’ to find a totally blank page, nothing, zero, no help of any sort. I looked for a way of ensuring I could unsubscribe from everything and make sure they kept no data but there’s only an email unsubscribe. So they gave me a massive acute anxiety attack when I realised I’d been scammed for some sort of research project. Maybe it’s designed to wind up autistic people as a psychological test to see what we’ll do? I don’t know but avoid this app and don’t let it give you an anxiety attack
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