Anxiety Meter

Detecting anxiety to empower self-awareness and management for better outcomes.

Introducing the Anxiety Meter

The Anxiety Meter provides a means to detect states of anxiety. Often anxiety can reach a state whereby the time the individual is displaying symptoms of anxiety, it may be too late for behavioural therapies to be optimally effective. Through patented algorithms, the Anxiety Meter measures an individual's heart rate and converts it into a visual representation of his or her anxiety level to empower individuals with greater self-awareness of anxiety and to improve health outcomes.

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The Anxiety Meter was developed by scientists Drs. Azadeh Kushki (seen here on the right) and Evdokia Anagnostou.

Why the Anxiety Meter was developed

Children with autism are at an increased risk for experiencing impairing anxiety symptoms. Anxiety can have a negative impact on an individual’s physical and mental health, increase risk of other psychiatric disorders, and cause social challenges. The Anxiety Meter was developed with the intent to complement behavioural therapy in autism by improving self-awareness for children and youth that experience anxiety and giving them the tools to identify and manage symptoms the moment they occur.

How it works

The Anxiety Meter measures an individual's heart rate and then a patent software algorithm processes the data. The output is converted to a visual representation of his or her anxiety level on a mobile app. The app wirelessly connects to wearable sensors.

Individuals can use the app to track changes in heart rate based on interactive screen graphics. For example the use of colour (green and red) signifies opposing states of anxiety — an indication in the green range represents a relaxed state, while red indicates the need to apply a calming strategy.

The Anxiety Meter provides individuals with the tools to identify and manage symptoms as they occur, and can be employed by children, youth and adults to increase quality of life.

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