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This app aims to help users gain an understanding of what affects their mood through symptom tracking. There are three primary sections: ‘Add Event’, ‘How are you?’, and ‘History’. ‘Add Event’ allows the user to document events throughout the day, describing relevant information and linking it to an emotional response. ‘How are you?’ allows the user to record current mood using pictures to indicate pleasantness and intensity of mood. In the ‘History’ section, the user can view their recorded events and mood ratings, in addition to weather, sleep quality and duration for further context. Other features include graphs to display physical activity and sleep patterns.

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Credibility

Overall Score: 0.70/5.00

Research Base: 0/3
Research Funding: 0/2
Proposed intervention: 1/3
Consumer Ratings: 1/3
Clinical input in development: 0/1
Software updates: 0/2

Total Score: 2/15

Date of rating: January 2018


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Transparency

Overall Score: Acceptable

Overall Score: Acceptable

Does the app have a privacy policy?:Yes
Does the privacy policy describe the information storage and sharing procedures related to user entered information, OR state that user information is stored locally?:Yes
Does the privacy policy state that the app/server encrypts/de-identifies the entered data OR state that user information is stored locally?:Yes
Does the app provide the option of a pin entry or log-in process to view and enter user data?:Yes
Does the privacy policy state whether or not users can use the app WITHOUT entering identifiable information, OR state that user information is stored locally?:Yes
Does the privacy policy state whether or not users can delete entered information OR state that user information is stored locally?:Yes
Does the privacy policy state whether or not users can edit entered information OR state that user information is stored locally?:Yes


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More Information

Available for: iOS 7.0 or later (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch)
Developer: Alexander Stone
Type of Treatment:  Symptom trackers
Targeted conditions: Mood disorders, Stress & Anxiety
Target audience:  Not specified
Designed to be used in conjunction with a healthcare professional:  No
Languages Available in: English
Where to get it: iTunes

Research on this App

There are no RCTs evaluating the efficacy of this mobile phone app. There is evidence to support that rating mood and listing activities in a diary can raise awareness of how activities influence mood states (Beck et al. 1979). A study of adolescents found that those keeping their mood journals via smartphones had higher rates of compliance than those using a paper version (Matthews et al. 2008). Additionally, they found that the adolescents had a strong preference for using their smartphone. However, there are no RCTs of which we are aware about benefits from smartphone apps which provide mood tracking.

Beck AT, Rush AJ, Shaw BF, Emery G. Cognitive therapy of depression. New York: Guilford Press; 1979.

Matthews, M., Doherty, G., Sharry, J., & Fitzpatrick, C. (2008). Mobile phone mood charting for adolescents. British Journal Of Guidance & Counselling, 36(2), 113-129. doi:10.1080/03069880801926400