In Quest Depot, QuestMates are our resident 3D embodied agents with advanced Natural Language Processing capabilities that converse with participants and teach via the Socratic method.  Each QuestMate contains a wealth of social-emotional learning content, cognitive behavior techniques, but each has different personalities, appearances, gender, race, and age, and life stories. Participants’ interactions with QuestMates are personalized based on their age, communication style, chief concerns, quest performance, and mood. QuestMates offer users unlimited support and therapeutic conversations 24/7 online, via text and via major social media platforms.

Treasure Chest – Performance-based Rewards

Quest Depot’s payout rate is designed specifically to maximize motivation and facilitate behavior change.  It’s also important to note that Quest Depot doesn’t require 100% success for full treasure chest award qualification.  Perfectionism impedes long-term personal growth, and we value progress and effort towards the right direction in order to maximize our quester’s life potential. 94 - 100% = full payment + gamification points87-93% success rate = 90% awarded to quester + 3.5% fees to curaJOY + 7.5% credit back to the funding ally 76-86% success rate = 80% awarded to quester + 3.5% fees to curaJOY + 17.5% credit back to the funding ally65-75% success rate = 70% awarded to quester + 3.5% fees to curaJOY + 26.5% credit back to the funding ally 55-64% success rate = 35% awarded to quester + 3.5% fees to curaJOY + 62.5% credit back to the funding ally 54% and below = 0% awarded to... Read more

Journey Progress – Updating Your Progress

Questers are required to update their journey with a picture at least once a week.    Their updates determine their quest performance scores, and there are systems in place to flag false submissions.  Quest Depot users email, text, push notifications to remind users who forget to update and make it easy for users to update via our website, text, chat. Regular progress tracking keeps quests on the top of mind and retains the support of allies, making them feel involved. Questers may submit their Journey Progress to any QuestMate too. They’re given a 2-day grace period to update their progress. For example, if Johnny was supposed to practice the piano for 45 minutes on Monday, but forgot to update his Journey Progress, Quest Depot will remind him to submit his progress. Johnny has until the end of Wednesday to let Quest Depot know whether he completed his Grand Plan on... Read more

What Is Developmental Psychology?

Developmental psychology is the study of how humans grow, change, and adapt across the course of their lives. Developmental psychologists research the stages of physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development from the prenatal stage to infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Learn more about developmental psychology, including the definition, types, life stages, and how to seek treatment when necessary. According to the American Psychological Association (APA), developmental psychology is a branch of psychology that focuses on how human beings grow, change, adapt, and mature across various life stages.1 In each of the life stages of developmental psychology, people generally meet certain physical, emotional, and social milestones.2 These are the major life stages, according to developmental psychologists: Prenatal development: Developmental psychologists are interested in diagnoses, such as Down syndrome, that might be noticed during the prenatal (before birth) stage. They also investigate how maternal behaviors (behaviors of the pregnant parent), such as... Read more

What to Know Anxious Attachment and Tips to Cope

Anxious Attachment and Tips to Cope

Anxious attachment is one of four attachment styles that develop in childhood and continue into adulthood. These attachment styles can be secure (a person feels confident in relationships) or insecure (a person has fear and uncertainty in relationships). Also known as ambivalent attachment or anxious-preoccupied attachment, anxious attachment can result from an inconsistent relationship with a parent or caregiver. Adults who are anxiously attached may be considered needy or clingy in their relationships and lack healthy self-esteem.1 Through approaches such as therapy, it's possible to change attachment styles or learn to have healthy relationships despite attachment anxiety. What's Your Attachment Style? There are four main attachment styles. The following are some of the ways they may manifest in relationships:1 Secure attachment: Able to set appropriate boundaries; has trust and feels secure in close relationships; thrives in relationships but does well on their own as well Anxious attachment: Tends to be... Read more

What is Emotional Dysregulation?

What is Emotional Dysregulation?

Emotional dysregulation refers to difficulty in managing emotions or in keeping them in check. These may also be thought of as mood swings or labile moods. It can involve experiencing intense emotions such as sadness, irritability, frustration, or anger that are comparatively more heightened than expected, relative to the situation that triggered them. What is emotional dysregulation? Emotion dysregulation involves difficulties with negative affective states e.g., sadness and anger. Emotional dysregulation might affect children or adults. Adolescents may be particularly at risk due to this developmental period in a person’s life being recognizably a time of increased stress due to puberty and peer context. Although it is a common perception that children learn to manage their emotions as they grow up, for some effectively managing emotions continues to be problematic well into adulthood. Those with emotional dysregulation might not easily recognize their own emotions and can become confused or guilty... Read more

Comorbid ADHD Complicates Most Diagnoses and Treatment Plans

Comorbid ADHD Complicates Most Diagnoses and Treatment Plans

An accurate ADHD evaluation must screen for far more than ADHD. Though 60 percent of people with ADHD have some co-existing psychiatric condition1, comorbidities rarely factor into the evaluation — leading to an incomplete diagnosis. You have ADHD, but what else might you have? Or, no, you do not have ADHD but rather some other condition that explains the symptoms that led you to seek help. This is why checklist evaluations, while helpful screening tools, are inadequate by themselves. You need to sit down and talk to a human being and tell your story. In medical parlance, this is called sharing your history, and your history is the most revealing and useful test in all of medicine. While most mental health professionals do not perform a physical exam, the “history and physical” remains the cornerstone of a medical evaluation. Whether you’ve yet to undergo an ADHD evaluation, or you’ve already... Read more

What is Hyperacusis?

What is Hyperacusis?

Hyperacusis is a hearing condition that causes a heightened sensitivity to sound, making everyday noises, like running water, seem extremely loud. This can make it difficult to carry out daily tasks in common environments, such as chores at home or workplace responsibilities. In turn, you might try to avoid social situations that could lead to anxiety, stress, and social isolation from exposure to noise. About 8 to 15 percent of adults have hyperacusis. This condition often affects people who have tinnitus, or ringing in the ears. Read on to learn more about the symptoms and potential causes of hyperacusis. We’ll also cover treatment options and how each one works. Hyperacusis is a low tolerance for sound in one or both ears. It’s also known as an increased sensitivity to sound. The condition affects the way you perceive loudness. It makes ordinary sounds, such as car engines, seem extremely loud. Even... Read more

What Is Reactive Attachment Disorder?

What Is Reactive Attachment Disorder?

Reactive attachment disorder, also known as RAD, is a mood or behavioral disorder that affects babies and children. It involves difficulties with bonding and forming relationships, as well as having social patterns that are not appropriate, but without an intellectual disability or pervasive developmental disorder (such as autism ) to explain these characteristics.1 Additionally, reactive attachment disorder is caused by some type of issue with care, such as caregivers being unable to fully provide for the needs of the child, not fulfilling physical and emotional needs, inconsistency, or too many primary caregiver changes. The term "reactive attachment disorder" is sometimes shortened to "attachment disorder," but reactive attachment disorder is actually a type of attachment disorder, aquaARTS studio / Getty Images Reactive Attachment Disorder vs. Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder Attachment disorders are sometimes described as being inhibited or disinhibited. These terms are used to describe the behaviors of babies and young... Read more

What Is Family Therapy?

What Is Family Therapy?

Family therapy is a type of psychotherapy, or talk therapy, that looks at the entire family, including the relationships between the individual members of the family.1 This is a treatment used to address the mental health challenges of one or more family members, address relationship challenges between two or more family members, and improve family dynamics as a whole. Family therapy is sometimes known as marriage and family therapy, couples and family therapy, and family counseling. Family therapy is used to treat a wide variety of mental health conditions of one or more members of the family. It can also be used to support the emotional side of physical health conditions, relationship and bonding challenges, and overall family well-being. Sometimes this is used to help support one member of the family who is struggling with a mental health diagnosis by addressing their interactions and relationships with other members of the... Read more

What is Quest Depot?

Quest Depot is an incentive-tied, science-based gamified experience for personal growth that helps people as young as elementary school to set goals, track progress, review performance, think positively and live out their dreams.   Personal goals are turned into quests at Quest Depot, and users benefit from all proven effective productivity and success methods automatically applied to their goal in a simple and visual way.  Parents, grandparents, families and friends can sponsor adventurers on their quests with cash prizes that are only released upon verified completion of quests. Quest Depot replaces: Reward chartsDiary/journalTo do list, Project management toolsProgress tracking chartsBehavior contractsMood monitoring appsConsequences / punishments Uses for Quest Depot: Change habitsRecord progressGoal settingGuided journalEmotions check-inManage allowances and reward for behaviorInvolve extended family and friends in what’s important to you Benefits of Quest Depot: More confident. Develop a growth mindset.Self discovery. Become more self-aware.Better mood, happier, calmer.Stronger relationships. Allies share your successes... Read more

Goal Setting Tools

Creating and setting goals is great, but actually achieving them can be much harder.  Using the proven goal setting exercises discussed in this article can help you not only in setting an achievable goal, but also in the individual steps and processes needed to achieve it. The way we spend our lives, those seemingly small daily decisions, actions, patterns, determines our success, happiness or lack thereof.  Having knowledge of goal setting is one thing, it's another thing to put them into action and stick to them. Goal setting tools are a great way to help you set goals, track progress, and focus on what you're trying to achieve. Regular meetings / reviews with your manager, coach, parent or teacherJoin groups and meet people trying to achieve the same goals (such as sports teams, weight loss,  / classes).Using goal setting software to keep you up to date (Quest Depot and GoalScape are... Read more

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