Better Mood Tracker: A Quantified Self Research Tool

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.

Available for: iOS 7.0 or later (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch)
Company Name: Alexander Stone
Classification (Type of Treatment): Symptom trackers
Targeted conditions: Mood disorders, Stress & Anxiety Target
Demographics: Not specified
Special provider necessary: No
Languages Available in: English
Where to get it: iTunes
Cost: Free

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PsyberGuide rating: The research and support basis of the product

Total Score: 2/14

Basis of research:0
Source of funding for the research: 0
Specificity of the proposed intervention: 1
Number of consumer ratings: 1
Product advisory support: 0
Software support: 0

date of rating: December 2017 

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Research on the product

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

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