|T2 Mood Tracker||By the U.S. National Center for Telehealth & Technology|
What does the app do?
This is a simple app designed to rate and track mood daily. Users can rate their mood in 6 categories: anxiety, depression, head injury, post-traumatic stress, stress and general well-being, or create their own category. Each category has a list of feelings such as angry, numb, lonely, that users rate using a sliding scale. Users can record notes about important events and stressors and set up reminders for mood rating. The app provides results as a graph or as reports for sharing with others.
✔ A simple app that is mostly easy to use
✔ Instructions provided (although these are wordy)
✘ Some features such as creating a new rating scale and adding notes are not easy to find
✘ Contact details for support organisations are U.S.-based
✘ App is very basic with no education or self-help component
✘ No safety feature or alert when users select very negative emotions/moods.
Privacy and security
Date of review: November 2017
Platform reviewed: Android
App version: 3.5
Download size: 18.82 MB
Reviewer: Dr Jo Scott-Jones, Medical Director Pinnacle, Midlands Health Network
Date of review: October 2017
Comments: This is designed as a personal mood diary across a range of issues including stress, depression, PTSD and post head injury. This provides patients with a simple daily diary using a visual scale of mood between 2 extreme choices that can be graphed over time, with the ability to make personal notes and add personal aspects of mood or behaviour to track. The results can be shared with others via email and in a csv file format for uploading into patient notes. I can see this being useful for a doctor and patient monitoring response to therapy.
Safety concerns: The app does not alert people if the recorded mood indicates risk of suicide, it acts as a record and does not prompt people to action.
New Zealand relevance: This is a USA based app and “local resources” provides links to advice provided by the US-based Defences Centres of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury. The process however is not country specific.
Pros: Data can be shared. It also can be deleted by the patient, a secure access can be developed to keep data confidential on the device, data can be shared in a variety of formats and I can see a process where it can uploaded into patient records. The app provides a method to give feedback to the app provider and the ability to set up reminders for patients needing to track daily mood.
Cons: If it had a NZ helpline link this would be ideal, the lack of a safety prompt is potentially an issue. The range of questions asked and methodology does not link to a validated score of anxiety, depression, wellbeing, head injury, PTSD or “stress” as far as I am aware, but gives an indication of mood.
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