SAN DIEGO, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/05/13 -- For the nearly 21 million people in the U.S. living with mood disorders(1) like anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder (to name a few), closely tracking one's feelings throughout the day, every day is a great way to better understand one's mood patterns. Daily mood tracking also has the potential to make discussions with a physician or therapist even more constructive by providing insight into a person's mood changes over time.
Available now in the App Store for $0.99, Mood Watch -- a new mobile application endorsed by the International Bipolar Foundation -- empowers people who suffer from mood disorders with tools that can help them live happier and more productive lives.
"Living with sometimes severe bipolar disorder was difficult to say the least, but when I found myself in a psychiatric hospital, again, I really started asking myself some hard questions," said Kimberly Knox, Mood Watch inventor. "I began tediously tracking my sleep patterns, blood pressure and moods on paper in an effort to better understand myself and how meditation, supplements and prescription medications were affecting my sense of well-being and my life. When I came home, I knew I had to create an easier way to culminate all of this information, so I went to an Apple store with my charts and drawings and asked if they could help me. I was referred to two developers and nearly a month later -- with outstanding feedback from the International Bipolar Foundation and a wonderful group of beta testers -- Mood Watch was born."
How It Works
With Mood Watch, users can track how they feel mentally, emotionally and physically by answering a short set of questions, tracking their sleep quality, blood pressure and meditation.
Next users are encouraged to rate the following mood states three times a day -- morning, noon and night:
5. Energy Level
Those who have specific details about their day that they'd like to record can add personal notes during each entry. Once all entries are complete, a report can be generated at the click of a button detailing all the information entered during the week. Reports created by Mood Watch can be printed out for personal reflection, or emailed to a physician or therapist for further discussion.
Mood Watch also offers users the ability to enter the names of the supplements or medications they are taking and set alarms to go off throughout the day to help ensure they are following their regimen as planned or as directed by a physician.
According to Muffy Walker, MSN, MBA and president of the International Bipolar Foundation, "As the mother of a son with bipolar disorder, I've dedicated much of my life to promoting care and support services for bipolar patients. I've used Mood Watch and think it offers people with mood disorders a very simple and effective way to proactively participate in their overall health and well being."
About Mood Watch
Mood Watch (http://www.moodwatchapp.com) is a new mobile application available for the iPhone and iPod touch that empowers people who suffer from mood disorders with tools that can help them live happier and more productive lives. To purchase Mood Watch for use on your iPhone or iPod touch, or to sign up for our periodic newsletter on lifestyle improvements and app updates, visit MoodWatchApp.com.
(1) National Institute of Mental Health -- NIH -- "The Numbers Count: Mental Disorders in America; http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/the-numbers-count-mental-disorders-in-america/index.shtml
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