If you have bipolar disorder, with its difficult-to-manage mood cycles, in order to function your best, get ahold of your triggers, and help your treater help you, it’s crucial that you chart your moods.
Barring those with superlative memories, patients can’t recall the ins and outs of their days when they see their psychiatrists once a month or every two months, and the vital data about triggers, cycling, and symptoms is lost.
Formerly we encouraged patients to chart their moods with good old pen and paper, checking off boxes and circling numbers. But, a better day has arrived. Not only do the mobile apps make access to the mood chart much simpler, but they’re more sophisticated and hold more data as well.
We’ve come a long way, baby.
Let’s take a look at just how far–and try to find something that might suit each individual’s taste. For the sake of simplicity, let’s look at a Venn diagram of three of the top mood tracking apps, Optimism, T2 Mood Tracker, and CTH Mood Tracker.