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
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 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.
mobile mental therapy? Yes please!
We can spend our time, you know, shooting irate pigeons at building materials, or we can use our technology to rebuild our minds and straighten out bad thinking.
Do the latter and do it with this app. I can’t wait till everyone discovers Quirk, this excellent app that helps you maintain your therapy gains on the bus, in the grocery line, or on the toilet (you know it’s true).
Lean in with Quirk.
- Evan Conrad
- 44.1 MB
- Health & Fitness
Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 12+ for the following:
- 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.