How to Use a Mood and Anxiety Chart to Track Symptoms

Mobile apps for mood tracking: an analysis of features and user reviews

How to Use a Mood and Anxiety Chart to Track Symptoms

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Apps for Mood-Tracking: An Expert Reviews the Products

How to Use a Mood and Anxiety Chart to Track Symptoms

Keeping a mood diary can be a valuable component of treatment for psychological disorders including bipolar disorder, major depression, and anxiety. Mood tracking apps provide a systematic and portable means of rating mood symptoms over time, and allow the user to better understand how emotional states vary with thoughts, behaviors, and experiences.

The programs reviewed here are not intended to replace professional mental health treatment, nor do they include tools for symptom management. Data can be easily shared with a mental health care professional so as to enhance the psychotherapy experience.

Symptom Ratings

Mood Tracking Journal and Diary is the simplest and most flexible of the mood tracking apps reviewed here. Mood states are entered freely, without a menu of mood options to choose from, and are rated on a scale from 1 (best) to 5 (worst). Each entry includes additional space for comments.

A positive attribute is that mood entries can be logged as frequently as desired.

Mood entries are depicted along a timeline with the most recently rated moods listed, those more frequently reported in larger font than those less frequent.

This format allows for continuous self-analysis of mood fluctuations over time. There is no reminder setting for this app and it is therefore incumbent upon the user to log moods consistently.

The free version of Mood Tracking Journal and Diary is public, allowing all other users of the app to view mood ratings. An anonymous username will protect privacy while still allowing individuals to give and receive feedback and support to other users, if desired. A solely private mood tracking experience is available with the upgraded version ($0.99).

While the flexibility of Mood Tracking Journal and Diary may be preferred by some, the open-ended nature can be a disadvantage to others, particularly individuals who experience difficulty labeling mood states, and those who desire more guidance in when and how to log moods.

Moodlytics is also flexible, but offers a more in-depth, guided mood tracking experience. Features of Moodlytics allow the user to gain insight into when and why different mood states occur, and provides the option to set and track specific mood related goals.

A wide range of moods are depicted as colorful and expressive emoticons, which can be changed, added or deleted personal experience or preference. Additional prompts are provided to log the length of time a mood has lasted, the reason associated with a mood (e.g. family, work), a specific person or picture.

There is an option to write free-form notes to elaborate further.

Moods can be rated as frequently as desired so that changes in mood state can be recorded as often as needed. Alternatively, the user can schedule reminders to rate moods on selected days of the week, between a start and end time, and with what frequency.

The main drawback of Moodlytics is that there is no option to rate the severity of a mood state, which may be a disadvantage to those seeking to understand how specific symptoms may fluctuate over time.

 Individuals who use Moodlytics as a therapeutic tool might benefit from the unique feature to log one or more personal goals, which can be tracked by the user. Goals can be mood related or otherwise (e.g. exercise daily). The upgraded ($1.

99) version of Moodlytics features “MoodSensed Goals”, which automatically monitors goal progress mood ratings made over a designated period of time. Mood goals are tracked with respect to frequency and duration of a mood state, but not severity.

eMoods Bipolar Mood Tracker is a more specialized app, specific to bipolar disorder.

  Each entry consists of ratings for depressed and elevated mood, irritability and anxiety, rated on a 4-point continuum (none, mild, moderate, severe). The presence/absence of psychotic symptoms is entered as well.

Behavioral data include the number of hours of slept the night before, whether verbal therapy was received, and a checklist of medications as entered by the user.

Symptom ratings are made once daily; a reminder is provided at a programmed time. Although ratings can be edited over the course of the day, only the last entry will be saved. This may limit the utility for some individuals who may experience more frequent shifts in mood.

eMoods Bipolar Trackeris most helpful for tracking the core symptom features of bipolar disorder, and for capturing a general pattern of positive or negative mood states.

Limitations are that each mood rating is one dimensional and is therefore not specific to the type of depressed or elevated mood symptoms experienced. Additionally, there is a minor degree of customization of this app.

Whereas other apps allow the user to edit mood tracking features, eMoods Bipolar Tracker does not provide the option to add symptoms (e.g. appetite increase/decrease, impulsivity) or behaviors (e.g. substance use) that may be of interest and therapeutically relevant.

A notes section does allow the user to log such experiences, although those symptoms will not be quantifiable if specific symptom tracking is of interest.

Mood Tracker on Medhelp.org is a web-based program providing a multitude of tracking options for mental and physical health.

Users can create a personalized profile online, which can include personal and diagnostic information (e.g.

bipolar, cyclothymic, dysthymic or major depressive disorders), as well as log status updates, journal entries, and posts to the Medhelp community. Specific trackers can be added to customize the user’s experience of the website.

The Mood Tracker is recommended to create a detailed mood journal. While additional trackers, such as Addiction Recovery or Anxiety/Panic, may also be useful to support wellness and recovery, many users will find the Mood Tracker to be inclusive and sufficient.

Within the Mood Tracker, there are 4 tools: measurement, symptoms, treatment, and events. The measurement tool captures a general mood state on a continuum ranging from manic, to okay, to depressed.

The symptoms tool features an alphabetized menu of relevant mood specifiers, ranging from agitation and anger to violent impulses and worry, from which the user can select to better characterize mood states.

The treatments tool includes a list of medications and therapies from which to choose, if relevant. Finally, the events tool includes several pertinent options such as substance/alcohol use, family, health, and relationship issues.

Entries can be made as frequently as desired and are plotted by day and time, providing a snapshot of the user’s complete mood experience. While the Mood Tracker itself offers an organized and comprehensive means of logging detailed mood information, the structure and content of the overall website detracts from the user experience.

The environment can be overwhelming, given the number of options and extraneous features, as well as advertisements. Navigation during setup and in logging daily experiences is not intuitive and can be confusing.

Another drawback is that there is no mobile app for the Mood Tracker and users’ profiles on the website can be viewed by all other account holders.

Tracking and Reporting Options

Mood Tracking Journal and Diary provides a continuous plot along a timeline to instantly view patterns in moods.  Users can invite a mental healthcare professional to view the profile, or can export a report to view on a computer.

Moodlytics provides several options to help the user understand the influence of people, surroundings, time and other factors that impact mood.

In addition to providing a personal goal tracking option, Moodlytics can list or graphically depict the most frequently rated moods, associated experiences or people, and quantify time spent in positive, negative, or neutral mood states.

Exporting a mood profile report to PDF is not available with the free version of Moodlytics, but is included with the Pro Pack, available for $1.99.

eMoods Bipolar Mood Tracker depicts daily mood ratings in list form and provides a color-coded graph of depressed, elevated and anxiety mood severity ratings. The graph also indicates on which day medications were taken. A summary file organizes mood ratings in 3 ways – table, graph, and list of daily notes.

The full summary can be emailed and saved as a PDF. Alternatively a CSV file can be generated, which organizes daily data into a table, suitable for a database program (e.g. Excel).

eMoods Bipolar Tracker does not include any analytical tools, although the data summaries may be helpful to visualize fluctuations in basic mood states over time.

Mood Tracker on Medhelp.org provides a comprehensive summary of mood entries. General moods are depicted in such a way that frequency of positive or negative mood states as well as day to day fluctuations in mood are easily viewed.

Color coded symptoms, treatments, and events are also shown on the days in which they were selected. Most commonly reported symptoms and an assessment of average mood over 7, 30, and 90 days are also listed.

The report can be printed or emailed so as to be shared with a mental health professional.

Price

App prices vary by select features. All basic functions are provided for free.

Mood Tracking Journal and Diary has a free public version where others using the app can view and comment on your mood entries. The upgrade, available for $0.99 provides the option to keep the diary private.

Moodlytics includes all essential mood entry, goal-setting and tracking features for free. The upgraded version, for $1.99, allows the user to set and track Moodsensed goals for an even more customized experience, as well as the ability to export a PDF report of mood experiences and goal achievements.

eMoods Bipolar Tracker includes all mood tracking and reporting options for free.

Mood Tracker through Medhelp.org is free.

Available Platforms

Mood Tracking Journal and Diary and Moodlytics are available for both Android and iOS mobile devices. The apps work equally well using either platform.

eMoods Bipolar Tracker is an Android based mood tracking app and is not available for iOS at this time.

Mood Tracker, offered by Medhelp.org, is accessible online only.

Review date: October 2014

Product details and where to get the products:
Mood Tracking Journal and Diary
Moodlytics
eMoods Bipolar Tracker
Mood Tracker

Source: https://www.psyberguide.org/expert-review/apps-for-bi-polar-disorder-expert-review/

How to Keep and Mood and Anxiety Chart for Panic Disorder

How to Use a Mood and Anxiety Chart to Track Symptoms

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If you have been diagnosed with panic disorder, your doctor or therapist may ask you to try to keep track of your symptoms, mood, sleep patterns, and experiences with medications. Keeping track of this information can assist you in managing your condition by providing you and your doctor with a clearer picture of your progress.

Tracking your recovery process can also help you maintain success after treatment and prevent a relapse of your symptoms.

A mood and anxiety chart is a type of journal or diary used to track fluctuations in your moods and anxiety levels over time. This chart can also be used to keep track your:

  • Panic disorder symptoms
  • Medications
  • Triggers
  • Coping techniques
  • Sleep patterns
  • Major life events or changes
  • Any other additional information that you feel relates to your condition.

This information can then be used to help you and your mental health provider in further understanding patterns in your mood, anxiety, and other symptoms.

A mood and anxiety chart can be a helpful way to monitor your treatment progress, including how fluctuations in mood and anxiety are related to changes in medications or the use of self-help techniques.

Additionally, your chart can be used to monitor treatment progress, noting how fluctuations in mood and anxiety are related to changes in medications or the use of self-help techniques.

Charting your mood, anxiety levels, and other symptoms are easy once you create a system that works for you. The following lists some simple guidelines to get you started on tracking your progress:

Mood and anxiety charting can be done in a journal, diary, spiral notebook, or even plain filler paper. Calendars also make great charts, allowing you to simply add a few words for each date.

If writing seems tedious to you, you might want to consider talking into a tape recorder or other type of recording device. There are even apps available now for charting moods and anxiety.

 Whether speaking into a recorder, typing on your computer, or writing on paper, it is important that you chose a method that will be convenient for you to maintain.

The type and amount of information that is most relevant for you to track can be determined between you and your doctor.

A basic mood and anxiety chart will include information on how you were feeling that day. You really only need to write down a few words to capture your mood. For example, you may write down “happy” or “nervous.

” Also indicate if your mood changed throughout the day, such as “woke up anxious, but felt calmer in the afternoon.” Some people find it helpful to name a couple of symptoms and then rank where you are that day on a scale from 1 to 10.

For example, you could use a 10 to describe a day in which your anxiety was as bad as it has ever been and a 1 to describe a day when you have almost no anxiety.

Aside from your mood, you should also track your current life events and changes that potentially influenced your mood and anxiety, such as a disagreement at work, preparing for a move, or struggling with financial issues.

Other information that may be helpful for you can include charting your sleep patterns, the frequency of panic attacks, side effects of medications, or the use of relaxation techniques.

Each entry should also include the date so that you will be able to look back and witness your progress over time.

Now that you have decided how and what you are going to track, you will need to set aside time to work on this activity. In order to be the most helpful, tracking must be done on a regular basis.

To gradually ease into tracking, try charting your information on a weekly basis.

The more information, the better understanding you will have, so try to eventually chart every couple days or daily if you can.

We shared a lot of information above, but beginning to track your progress with panic disorder comes down to three simple steps:

  1. Determine Your Tracking Method: Choose a notebook or whatever you will use.
  2. Decide What Information to Track: In your notebook, you may want to put dates across the top and then list the information you wish to track down the left side. Leave enough room to explain yourself more, but try to at least put a number down under each of these headings each time you chart.
  3. Start Tracking: The hardest step is simply making that first entry. Once you have written something—anything—it usually gets easier.
  • If you accidentally skip some days, try to fill it in as soon as you remember. However, if you can’t recall exactly how you were feeling that day, then you are better off keeping those days blank and returning back to your regular schedule.
  • Initially, you may not notice any patterns or interpretations. Another person may be able to see something that you are possibly missing. It can be very helpful to review this information with a therapist or a trusted loved one.
  • Don’t tuck your charts away and forget about them. Rather, review them every three to four weeks. Notice if you are experiencing a pattern of increased panic and anxiety, as this can be a sign of relapse in symptoms.
  • If there is a pattern of worsening symptoms, your doctor or therapist will be able to help you make adjustments to your treatment plan that will assist you in more effectively managing your condition.

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Top 6 Mood-Tracking Apps for Bipolar | bpHope.com

How to Use a Mood and Anxiety Chart to Track Symptoms

This app is part personal journal, part mood tracker. It allows us to track not only our moods but also our sleep and medications.

By also documenting symptoms and cycles of energy levels, iMoodJournal allows for analysis of our daily feelings so we can see when our stress levels rise or drop.

iMoodJournal was named one of the “Best Bipolar Disorder iPhone and Android Apps of 2019” by Healthline.

  • Platform: Android & iOS
  • Fee: Paid
  • Developer: Inexika Inc.

#2  T2 Mood Tracker

This mood-tracking app allows us to monitor moods on six preloaded scales: anxiety, stress, depression, brain injury, post-traumatic stress, and general well-being. But we can also build custom scales on T2 Mood Tracker.

We rate our moods by swiping a small bar to the left or to the right.

The ratings are displayed on graphs, and notes can be recorded to document daily events, medication changes, and treatments, which can help health care providers make treatment decisions.

  • Platform: Android & iOS
  • Fee: Free
  • Developer: National Center for Telehealth and Technology

#3  eMoods

eMoods lets us easily track our daily highs and lows, sleep, medications, and other symptoms related to common mood disorders bipolar. This app is very simple to use, and we are asked each day to select our mood, using corresponding colors.

Those colors are automatically plugged into a monthly calendar for a big-picture view. At the end of each month, we have the option to email a report to our doctor, to help identify triggers or a cycle of events that could lead to a bipolar relapse.

  • Platform: Android & iOS
  • Fee: Free & Paid
  • Developer:  Yottaram, LLC

#4 Moodpath

Developed in collaboration with psychologists, doctors, and patients, Moodpath offers us three daily blocks of questions related to emotional and physical well-being.

After an initial screening, the app provides a “scientifically validated” assessment every two weeks.

More than 1 million people in 45 countries have downloaded this popular app, and it’s one of only a few to be CE-certified (European Union) as a medical product.

  • Platform: Android & iOS
  • Fee: Free & Paid
  • Developer: Moodpath

#5 Moodnotes

Developed by two psychologists, Moodnotes can be used to observe and record our feelings and improve our thinking habits through positive psychology and CBT.

By identifying bipolar triggers of our current mood, we can avoid common thinking traps.

Over time, our mood patterns will be shown in pie charts and in the “Insights” dashboard, in order to increase self-awareness and to learn to follow habits that are more beneficial.

  • Platform: iOS
  • Fee: Paid
  • Developer: ThrivePort, LLC

#6 Daylio

This award-winning journaling app is praised for its ease of use and as a way to identify and track our moods without having to type any words.

Tailored to those of us who would rather visually select how we feel, Daylio presents us with an array of videos that portray different moods and allow us to choose which one best reflects our feelings at the moment.

There is also a statistics and calendar area that is useful for identifying patterns in moods and behaviors.

  • Platforms: Android & iOS
  • Fee: Free & Paid
  • Developer: Relaxio s.r.o.

Note:

Before using any app …
(1) check for price changes;
(2) make note of the free trial period’s duration, if applicable; and
(3) be aware of any subscription fees that are automatically charged when the free trial period ends or automatically renewed when the subscription period ends.

Source: https://www.bphope.com/bipolar-buzz/bipolar-lifestyle-top-6-apps-to-track-your-moods/

Best Bipolar Disorder Apps of 2019

How to Use a Mood and Anxiety Chart to Track Symptoms

Approximately 5 million people in the United States are living with bipolar disorder, a mental illness marked by episodes of depression and elevated mood.

Seemingly erratic changes in your moods can make things challenging for you and others, but treatment can be helpful in managing the condition.

Typical treatment includes medication, therapy, and lifestyle adjustments, which can include building habits around mood management and stress reduction.

We’ve picked these apps to help you track, understand, or control your mood a bit better, so you can live a healthier, more balanced life.

iPhone rating: 4.4 stars

Android rating: 4.6 stars

Price: $2.99

With iMoodJournal, you can track multiple moods per day on a 10-step qualitative scale.

Hashtag your triggers in your journal and use them later to drill down, filter, and analyze your entries for discoveries and insights beyond the app’s auto-generated reports.

Not into journaling? Say it better with a selfie. The pictures are displayed on the calendar for easy scanning and a holistic understanding of what your month looked mood-wise.

iPhone rating: 4.6 stars

Price: $3.99

Get your doctor's approval before using this app, then grab a pair of headphones. Developed the same principles that guide EEG, this app couples white noise or relaxing soundscapes with professionally built wave patterns that guide your own brainwaves to fall in sync.

Certain brainwaves are associated with different moods or states: Creative, relaxed, dreamy, or energetic are just a few of the moods this app can help induce. Find a quiet spot for a few minutes, give it a listen, and see if you don’t notice a difference in how you feel.

iPhone rating: 4.5 stars

Android rating: 4 stars

Price: Free

Breathe2Relax is a deep breathing guide that can come in handy in times of stress or upset.

Diaphragmatic breathing helps with moodiness and stress by calming the HPA axis, which is also responsible for the fight-or-flight response.

The app integrates with your wearable fitness device to read and monitor heart rate while you go through the breathing exercises, which means you can actually measure its effectiveness in restoring calm with each practice.

iPhone rating: 4.6 stars

Android rating: 4.4 stars

Price: Free with in-app purchases

eMoods is a mood tracker built for people with bipolar disorder. To capture your daily highs and lows, the app prompts you to track depressive symptoms, psychotic symptoms, irritability, and elevated mood throughout the day, including an estimate of severity for each.

Your input get summarized in color code on a monthly calendar, giving you an easy snapshot of your mood changes.

The app also lets you view and export a monthly summary report, which you can email to your healthcare team to help them better identify your specific triggers and improve your care.

Android rating: 4.4 stars

Price: Free with in-app purchases

With MoodLog, you can track your changes in mood as well as any symptoms that might be related to them, such as menstruation, headaches, nausea, panic, and more.

The app also includes the option to indicate the severity of each for a more precise picture of your experience. Complete your profile with details about your therapy and medication, from timing to dose.

MoodLog also has notifications you can set to remind you to open the app and log for the day.

iPhone rating: 4.7 stars

Android rating: 4.6 stars

Price: Free with in-app purchases

Medication is an important part of treatment for many people with bipolar disorder, but it can be hard to keep track of. An app Medisafe is a must-have for ensuring you’re staying safe with your medications and managing your changes in mood appropriately.

More than just a reminder app, the interface displays what medications you need to take and when, complete with an illustration of what the medication looks , information about interacting substances, and reminders for when you need to refill your prescription.

iPhone rating: 4.6 stars

Android rating: 4.5 stars

Price: Free

Bipolar disorder can lead to difficulty in some personal relationships.

aiMei is an emotional intelligence–building app that targets your self-awareness, social awareness, self-management, and relationship management through changes in mood tracking, personality tests, goal setting, and anonymous feedback from your friends.

The app delivers the personality tests and mood tracking questions in an AI-based texting format — it’s talking to a friend about how you’re feeling. The app integrates your information to evaluate your performance in the four areas of emotional intelligence, then helps you set goals and improve.

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Amanda Doyle is a Boston-based healthcare editor, former dance fitness instructor, and previous neuroscience researcher. She's passionate about equity, kindness, conscious language, and destigmatizing the human experience.

Source: https://www.healthline.com/health/bipolar-disorder/top-iphone-android-apps

The 6 Best Mood Apps

How to Use a Mood and Anxiety Chart to Track Symptoms

1. MoodKit

This app was developed by two clinical psychologists (the co-creators of Moodnotes) and draws upon the principles and techniques of cognitive behavioral therapy. CNET’s review said “It’s having your own portable psychologist … packed with tools designed to improve not just your mood, but also your overall well-being.” Some special features include:

  • Exportable Mood Charts with 7 & 30-day views
  • Unlimited mood ratings and notes per day
  • Over 200 mood improvement activities
  • Saves exportable notes to a central journal
  • A Thought Checker, which  helps you to manage negative feelings related to a specific situation

Moodkit costs $4.99.

2. What’s My M3?

M3 is a screening tool, a three-minute checklist to assess your risk of depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and PTSD. The screen responses and analysis can then be accessed online by a health care professional or emailed directly to a doctor.

The information expedites and organizes a discussion between you and your doctor, helping to achieve a more accurate diagnosis and assessment of issues. Once the user has completed the screen, they are encouraged to record their progress on a biweekly basis for the first month and monthly thereafter.

The M3 website provides patient forms for the monitoring of progress and potential side-effects of medications.

M3 is unique in that it’s the only self-administered clinical tool that integrates patient self-rating of symptoms covering all of the major mood and anxiety disorders, and is the first instrument of its kind to include patient education and monitoring of patient information and side-effects during the course of treatment. The app is free.

3. PTSD Coach

PTSD Coach was created by the US Department of Veteran Affair’s National Center for PTSD in partnership with the Department of Defense’s National Center for Telehealth and Technology, and has been downloaded over 100,000 times in 74 countries around the world.

Originally designed for veterans and military members who have posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), this app provides users with education about PTSD, information about professional care, a self-assessment for PTSD, and resources for support.

It offers a range of tools helping persons to better manage the stresses of daily life with PTSD, such as relaxation techniques, self-talk strategies, and ideas for anger management.

Users can customize the tools and integrate them with their contacts, personal photos, and music selections. The app is free.

4. Breathe2Relax

Breathe2Relax is a stress reduction and stress management tool that provides information on the detrimental effects of stress on the body as well as instructions on how to decrease and manage it.

For example, users learn diaphragmatic breathing that has been documented to reduce the body’s fight-or-flight stress response and help with mood stabilization, anger control, and anxiety. Users record their stress level on a visual analogue scale by swiping a small bar to the left or to the right.

The app includes sophisticated graphics, animation, narration, and videos to deliver an enjoyable experience. Developed by the National Center for Telehealth and Technology, this app is free.

5. Optimism

Optimism is a mood-charting app that helps you to develop and monitor health strategies, learn your triggers, and recognize early warning signs of a decline in your mental health.

The user-friendly charts and reports can be immediately emailed or are available within the app and form a feedback loop, which helps you to pick up on what factors help your mental health and which ones impair it.

Optimism allows you to document a wellness plan that details your emotional health strategies and appropriate steps in the event of a setback. The app is free.

6. Priori

This app isn’t available on the market yet, but it was worth including in this list because the remarkable technology can monitors a user’s mood by recording his or her phone calls. By analyzing speech patterns—subtle qualities of a person’s voice—the app can detect signs of the start of mood episode.

For example, slow speech and frequent long pauses might indicate depression, and fast, loud speech could indicate hypomania. In a pilot study of six people with bipolar disorder, the app was able to distinguish manic or depressed moods an analysis of a person’s speech. University of Michigan psychiatrist Melvin McInnis, M.D.

, who developed Priori with computer scientists Zahi Karam, Ph.D. and Emily Mower Provost, Ph.D., was quoted in a Wired article saying, “The question isn’t whether or not this technology is going to be used in healthcare and monitoring individuals with psychiatric illnesses.

The question is really: How?” More testing is still needed before the app is available for widespread use. Learn more about the app here.

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Source: https://www.everydayhealth.com/columns/therese-borchard-sanity-break/the-6-best-mood-apps/