Aim of the module
- To support patients that experience mood problems as well as anxiety problems;
- To motivate patients to do more fun and rewarding activities;
- To conquer anxiety problems through graded exposure exercises;
- To provide insight into the patients unhelpful thinking, and give tools to start thinking in more helpful ways;
- To prevent relapse into mood and anxiety problems.
For whom is this module suitable?
The module is suitable for patients with mood problems, sub-clinical to clinical depression, anxiety problems and subclinical to clinical anxiety disorders like panic, social phobia and agoraphobia. Anxiety symptoms are found to be highly comorbid with depressive symptoms, which is why a combined treatment can be more effective for patients experiencing both. Minddistrict developed both a generic and an IAPT version of the module. In the IAPT version the Minimum Data Set is interwoven throughout the module and the final session consists of a patient experience questionnaire.
Example of page in the module ‘Mood & anxiety’
What is the content of the module 'Mood & Anxiety'?
The module has a CBT based approach, treating mood and anxiety problems simultaneously. The module consists of 6 guided sessions and 3 unguided sessions. The module includes 4 (optional) diaries and an unguided ‘Welcome’ session. Relevant topics are discussed in each session. For example: thinking styles related to mood and anxiety, the importance of getting active, the importance of not avoiding anxiety and the vicious circle of anxiety.
In each session the patient receives information, watches psycho-educational doodle clips and practices with one or more exercises. The exercises focus on challenging negative thoughts, becoming more active, doing exposure exercises, and visualising a positive future. After completing the module, the patient has developed skills to manage and overcome their anxiety and mood problems.
What is the module based on?
The module is based on the knowledge and experience of an expert panel of therapists and patients as well as relevant literature. The Minddistrict team familiarises itself with cutting-edge research and the most recent evidence-based practices. The module is IAPT step-2 and NICE compliant.
Shot from the animation video on the downward & upward spiral of mood
Which diaries work well with this module?
The Mood & Anxiety diary is designed to be used alongside this module. The module can also be combined with all generic diaries or with diaries that fit the goal of the client.
How do you use the module?
The module can be used for blended therapy, meaning f2f sessions are alternated with online sessions. The patient can access the treatment platform in his own time on any device, e.g. PC, laptop, tablet or phone. You, as the therapist, can monitor the patient’s progress through the sessions and diary entries and provide feedback once your patient has completed a session. The module is flexible in use. As a therapist, you can tailor the module to your patient’s individual needs: for instance, by making a session unguided or adding or removing (optional) sessions.
Your feedback is welcome!
Minddistrict is eager to hear your opinion on the ‘Mood & anxiety’ module. If you have any feedback, questions or tips, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!