Do you feel stressed, anxious, sad, frustrated, or unmotivated? The centerpiece of cognitive-behavioral therapy is changing your emotions by identifying negative and distorted thinking patterns. With this thought diary, you can document your negative emotions, analyze flaws in your thinking, and reevaluate your thoughts. It may even help you recognize ways to deal with your negative behaviors and emotions.

According to positive psychology, practicing gratitude and recording positive emotions is important as well. Thought Diary also allows you to keep track of your positive experiences so that you can refer back to them and appreciate the good moments, as well as note down what particular things you're grateful for. This way, you can be more aware and thankful of the positive moments in life.

Thought Diary will help you evaluate, understand, and change your thoughts and feelings. By using this application, you can work to identify your emotions, analyze how and why you're feeling this way, challenge those negative beliefs, change your thinking patterns for future situations, and remember positive experiences. You can use this app as a mood journal, a thought record journal, and a gratitude journal.

Thought Records and Gratitude Journals similar to this app are commonly used in paper form in traditional cognitive-behavioral therapy for a variety of mental health disorders such as clinical depression and anxiety. If you are suffering from a mental health disorder, please consult a mental health professional or healthcare provider.


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What’s New

Version 2.0

Version 2.0 brings a completely new redesign! Introducing smiley-based entry format, option to save at various entry lengths, ability to track positive emotions, and a new selection of positive emotions!

Don't like our new look? You can easily revert to Classic Mode from the Menu. Enjoy!

Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

holisticcounselor ,

Missing an important step

I used to recommend this app to my therapy clients, and mostly appreciate the simplicity of it, but wish that the updated version gives an additional question at the end about re-rating the emotional distress. One of the best parts of thought records is noticing the decrease in emotional distress by taking the before and after rating and seeing how they compare.

renaissancehair ,

Simply Perfect

This app has helped me so much over the past few years! It guides you easily (and almost without realizing it) the thought process to calm down, take stock of what’s happening, and re-construct your thoughts. I am in 100% agreement that this updated version needs to put back the end of quiz stress rating tool to see how much it has helped.

Pepperster ,

Great but wish it had a couple more details

I use this app all the time with phone savvy clients, and I don’t know anyone whose emotional intensity doesn’t change after making it through a whole entry.

I wish the level of distress before and after was still a selection option so people can see a quantifiable change.

I also wish justification/rationalization was a thinking error.

My clients struggle with coming up with challenge statements on their own, I wish they had a few generic options to start from.


Eddie Liu
7.3 MB

Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



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Rated 12+ for the following:
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