This clever iOS application for iPhone and iPad is used to track the moods of people with Mood Disorders. It helps people suffering with depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder and even people just feeling a little low to track how they are feeling mentally, physically and emotionally in order to help them understand themselves better, and to hopefully enrich their lives.
Who created the app Mood Watch and why?
I found this an interesting story – Kim Knox, who has Bipolar I – created this application after tracking her own moods during a stay at psychiatric hospital. She started with just five coloured pencils and a note book and began charting how she felt, adding notes about her blood pressure, sleep, what tablets she took and much more information to see how these things were affecting her moods. It was helping her learn about herself but it was so time consuming it was then she thought about creating application to help collate all of this information.
It sounds complicated but its actually very simple to use, and the application creates an easy to read chart that should pinpoint a theme to when you are experiencing mood swings or issues. The report and be forwarded to your doctor or whoever you wish by importing it into an Excel document.
The Mood Watch application is Endorsed by the International Bipolar Foundation.
How to use The Mood Watch application
When you first log in to the application it asks you
- How you are feeling
- How much sleep you’ve had
- How you feel the quality of that sleep was.
If you then have a blood pressure meter you can put your results here for first thing in the morning.
You then scroll down and enter your blood pressure reading for after you’ve taken your tablets.
Scroll down further still and add how you rate your
To do this does take practice, you need to slide the middle white dot up to where you want to put it, you need to press lightly or you will scroll the screen up to the next chart.
On the last page in this section you can enter notes for the Morning, Noon and Evening.
Next click on the second section – titled Meds
Here you quite simply add the information for the medication you are taking (which you can either select from a list or add your self) the dosage, and how often you take them.
On the last next page is your report – I’ve only completed one day so there isn’t much on my report – so here is a sample from Moodwatchapp.com and next to that is the report imported into Excel.
Mood Watch Spreading the Word
Mental health is very important to all of us, so many people suffer from various mood disorders, if its not ourselves, we all know someone who is suffering. We need to reach out and help whenever and where we can.
Mood Watch is available now on iTunes for just 69p but they need a little help getting the word out, letting the world know that it is available, by speaking at engagements and conferences, help with marketing and press releases, they also want to translate the application into six other languages. This all costs lost of money – you can help and get involved by going to the Mood Watch Indiegogo page.
Just adding a $1 donation will help a great deal, if you cannot donate maybe you could help by sharing the page on your social networks.
Other ways to help support Mood Watch
By liking the Facebook page
By following Kim on Twitter
Adding Kim on Google+
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.