Quirk is an open source thought diary for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). It costs $5.99 a month.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is the "gold standard" of psychotherapy and is widely considered to be one of the most effective, evidence backed treatments for depression, anxiety, and panic. If you go into just about any therapist or psychiatrist, CBT will likely be one of the first treatments they try.
Quirk is a companion and self-help app for one of the most common formats of CBT. You may have heard it called "the three column technique" or "catch it, check it, change it." Your brain is really good at making you feel exactly what you're thinking. Often, we find ourselves thinking "automatic negative thoughts" that lead us to fume on something that may not be true. That can cause us to feel depressed or anxious.
CBT helps you record "automatic thoughts," challenge them with cognitive distortions and then train your brain with an alternative thought. If you do it enough, you can change your thoughts, your moods and your behavior.
Quirk is open source under the GPL. You can find the code on Github at: https://github.com/Flaque/quirk
Terms of Service at: https://quirk.fyi/tos
Fixes crashes on iOS 13
Ratings and Reviews
This is a perfect supplement to therapy. It’s helped me slow down, examine my thoughts and reframe them. It’s like when you complain to a friend and they try to reason with you in an attempt to make you feel better and now you have this new perspective to think about. With Quirk you’re able to easily record the interaction and you’re forced to come up with a new perspective all on your own.
I remember downloading a few mental wellness apps back in September 2020. I remember going through them and figuring out which ones worked for me. I downloaded the Quirk CBT app (I think the name of the app was different back then). I remember which apps I decided to go with, and I have my purchase history from Apple. I did not agree nor authorize Quirk CBT charging me $5.99/month. I would never invest in an app that I wasn’t completely comfortable using. Sure there are some good features on the app, but it also lacked major features that I needed. While I was receiving intensive outpatient medical treatment, and totally not paying attention to my bank statement, the app magically subscribed monthly, and here we are 5 months later. In the bigger scheme of things, it’s $30. Still, I am going to request a refund for these charges. And the lesson learned here is this: check your statements monthly, and be wise and stay clear of any app that lacks transparency in its terms. I ALWAYS take a screenshot of my subscriptions, abs when I unsubscribe. Of course, there is nothing on this app’s platform where I can even see my history, purchase history, interaction with the app... nothing! Shame on this app for not only being shady about automatically subscribing clients, but ironically making their lives more mentally stressful by not making a purchase or subscription trail available on the app. Thank you for the lessons learned with this experience.
I like that this app is simple. Like other “CBT” apps, this app seems to be based on Albert Ellis’ REBT. However, it is missing a couple steps of REBT. For one, under Automatic Thought, it asks, “what is going on?” These are two different questions/steps in REBT. The last two queries—Challenge and Alternative Thought—are essentially the same step; i.e. “Disputation”. REBT asks the following questions; “what is going on” (Activating event), then “automatic thoughts” (Beliefs) then what you are “feeling” (Consequences), then “cognitive distortions” and “disputation” (Disputation), then “new feelings” (Effects). These are the ABCDE steps of Albert Ellis’ REBT or CBT.
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- Evan Conrad
- 40.6 MB
- Health & Fitness
- Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 10.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip.
- Age Rating
- 12+ Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information
- © Evan Conrad 2019
- In-App Purchases
- Quirk Monthly Subscription $5.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.