Optimism is a symptom tracking program that is available in multiple formats for multiple platforms. It asks users to fill in information every day about their symptoms and notable events. This information is then compiled into several charts and graphs intended to make it easy to recognize patterns and identify triggers. Optimism also provides space to record wellness plans and strategies for ease of access. It also allows users to share their information directly with their doctors. These programs are designed to help individuals diagnosed with a mood disorder to develop an awareness of their illness and therefore make better choices about management.

Available for: Computers (PCs and Macs) and mobile devices
Company: Optimism Apps
Classification: Symptom Tracker
Targeted conditions: Mood Disorders
Target demographic: Adolescents and Adults
Special provider necessary: No, but recommended
Non-English Language versions available: No
Where to get it: iTunes or http://www.findingoptimism.com/

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PsyberGuide rating: The research and support basis of the product

Total score: 6/14

Basis of research: 0/3
Source of funding for the research: 0/2
Specificity of proposed intervention: 1/3
Number of consumer ratings: 3/3
Product advisory support:  0
Software support:  2/2

date of rating: June 2016

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MARS rating

Quality scores range from 1 to 5, where 5 is the maximum score


Objective quality score: 2.81

Subscale scores:

Engagement: 2.50

Functionality: 2.63

Aesthetics: 3.00

Information: 3.13

Subjective quality score: 1.50

Perceived impact score: 1.92


Rated by: Queensland University

Date of rating: August 2016

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