Limit symptoms of anxiety and panic attacks in six minutes of play.
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Flowy’s open Beta released on iOS and Android in December 2014. Keep up to date with the Flowy story on our blog.
This is one of our testers. Let's call her Sophie.
Sophie experiences anxiety. She finds it difficult to socialise with people. Sometimes panic attacks keep her away from her desk at work.
When Sophie feels anxious, she reaches for her phone to distract her.
With Flowy she can play a game that’s controlled by her breathing. She solves puzzles that take her through Breathing Retraining Exercises. She wins by staying calm.
We are designing Flowy to:
Monitor your use and help you understand your triggers
Give you the confidence to stop avoiding places or people
Alert you to seek help if your symptoms get worse
Flowy is a game that digitally delivers breathing retraining, which is the oldest technique known to reduce anxiety. Interventions for panic attacks which use breathing retraining have been associated with decreased frequency and intensity of attacks. In a recent meta-analysis of 42 studies assessing the treatment of panic disorder, researchers reported that the combination of exposure, relaxation training and breathing retraining provide the best evidence for treating panic attacks. Breathing retraining has been shown to relieve the symptoms of a panic attack in less than 60 seconds.
There is strong evidence to show that breathing retraining can reduce the severity and frequency of panic attacks, which you can read here
Bonn, J. A., Readhead, C.P.A., & Timmons, B. H. (1984). Enhanced behavioral response in agoraphobic patients pretreated with breathing retraining. Lancet, 2, 665-669
Sánchez-Meca, J., Rosa-Alcázar, A.I., Marín-Martínez, F., and Gómez-Conesa, A. (2010). Psychological treatment of panic disorder with or without agoraphobia: A meta-analysis. Clinical Psychology Review, 30, 37-50.
Everly, G.S., Jr. (1979b). Technique for the immediate reduction of psychophysiological reactivity. Health Education, 10, 44.
We are absolutely committed to making sure that Flowy works. We are making sure it does by doing our research, collaborating with experts and by testing Flowy with people who experience anxiety and panic attacks.
Flowy is being supported by the
Centre for Anxiety Disorders and Trauma at King’s College London
and the NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapies teams in Camden and Southwark,
and the NHS Merseycare Trust.
More information for clinicians here
We’re so pleased to report that we completed our first unblinded, web-based, parallel-group randomized controlled pilot trial with 63 participants in collaboration with the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine in August 2014, where we compared an intervention group playing Flowy with a waitlist control group. After a 4-week period of use, Flowy produced measurable decreases in anxiety, panic and hyperventilation symptoms, and significantly increased quality of life. Flowy engaged its users throughout the trial duration, with 84% of participants who were given access to Flowy proactively using it. Flowy was accepted as an intervention by study participants, who found the game to be useful, easy to use, easy to learn, and recommendable to friends.
More about Flowy
How does Flowy stop you from hyperventilating?
Why use breathing retraining?
But I read research that said breathing retraining exercises don’t work.
Can breathing retraining become a safety behaviour?
Does Flowy work alongside other interventions?
How will the data be stored, used and protected?
Will my GP have access to Flowy’s data?
Gameplay and Functionality
Are you making more minigames?
WIll I be able to rate an attack if I want?
Will Flowy keep track of my location using GPS?
Will Flowy be available outside the UK?
Can I help test if I am outside the UK?