Out with the Old, in with the AI

out with the old

Though there has been enormous hype around brain training and cognitive enhancement for years, these tools generally do not hold up to scientific scrutiny (1,2,3,4). Instead of pedaling hype, we’ve built Comigo to work with you around your specific ADHD and day-to-day challenges. Comigo’s therapeutic support and everyday exercises are distilled from Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT, pronounced “act”), which have been supported by thousands of clinical trials. Recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and natural language processing (NLP) allow constrained large language models (LLMs) to power Comigo’s ability to break down barriers, support your productivity, and provide tried-and-true therapeutic techniques and exercises though personalized conversation. Comigo therefore lives at the intersection of these tools and technologies:

Comigo’s calling is to help you work more flexibly and effectively with your thoughts, feelings, and behavior. Comigo’s interface and features do this by offloading your ideas (Chat), placing scientifically validated therapeutic exercises at your fingertips (Tools & Tactics), and helping you master mono-tasking by defending your brain from distractions (Tasks and Focus Mode). Additional features include tools for learning and honing your habits (Mind Matters) and stepping up your self-knowledge (Progress). Collectively, Comigo’s features make these evidence-based strategies a reality:

  • Offload your working memory – taking the mental and making it physical:
    • Turning thoughts into to-dos, breaking down long and complex tasks into smaller, more manageable ones, and putting time in its proper place, which is outside of your head and in your environment so you can see its passing and your relationship to it.
  • Develop greater mindfulness (i.e., real-time, unbiased awareness; the ability to see the present moment with clarity and compassion; learning how your thoughts work)
    • Mindfulness, in turn, can help facilitate two critical abilities, especially for folks with ADHD: 1) slowing down and stopping before you act, and 2) realizing how your thoughts work and that the self-criticisms that you’re stupid, should know better, or are a failure (sound familiar?) are simply thoughts and not facts. These two things alone can have profound impacts upon your lifeby reducing the negative effects of impulsive behavior and speech, and allowing you to step out of your regrets (past) and worries (future) and get into the present moment!
  • Work through difficult feelings and thoughts
    • Systematically explore, understand, and work through perceived barriers using skills and exercises from empirically supported behavioral therapies.
  • Make your environment and habits work better for you
    • Gain tools and actionable insights for curating your spaces and developing healthier habits that accommodate your unique strengths and challenges.
  • Replenish your brain power
    • Discover methods to fill your regulatory resource pool and capitalize upon motivation and movement toward mastery.

Through embodying the most important traits you expect in a companion – warmth, respect, and authenticity – Comigo’s specialized AI is designed to work with your wishes, support your immediate goals and long-term aspirations, and reinforce routines that foster self-awareness and self-regulation. Whatever you might need, or whatever mindset you may be in, Comigo will invite you to try different tactics, sample supportive strategies, and tailor your toolkit to whatever works best for you.

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