Human-Centered Development of an Activity Diary App for People with Depression

Daniel Wessel, Helke Kohlbrandt, Tilo Mentler


As part of some treatments of depression, patients are asked to keep an activity diary – currently on a sheet of paper – in which they log their activities, and their emotions or mood. However, this way of keeping an activity diary has many disadvantages. A mobile application seems like a better solution. But how must an app for patients with depression be designed, to facilitate quick and effortless capture of activities, and emotions and/or mood? We used a human-centered development process with multiple design iterations and evaluations to develop an activity diary app for people with depression. In the process differing perspectives of therapists and patients became apparent, as well as within the group of therapists themselves. The resulting app was well-received by patients and therapists.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMuC'19: Proceedings of Mensch und Computer 2019
Number of pages5
Publication date08.09.2019
ISBN (Print)978-145037198-8
Publication statusPublished - 08.09.2019
EventMensch und Computer 2019
- Hamburg, Germany
Duration: 08.09.201911.09.2019


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