Mood Tracker by Tyneside is another simple tracking app, but it focuses solely on your mood. It has you rate your current mood on a simple 1 to 10 scale as many times a day as you feel like it. You can then add notes about that particular rating in a simple journal entry. The tracking will show your high and low for each day, and you can view a week at a time.
Since finding out if there is a pattern to your moods and symptoms is such an important first step in diagnosing, mood tracker apps could be beneficial in establishing a pattern. Mood tracking is documenting your emotions day to day to see if there is any kind of noticeable pattern. An app is a very convenient way to do this and there are dozens, if not hundreds, of apps available for both Android and Apple systems.
Different apps approach mood tracking from different angles, and you might want to try a few if you are trying to narrow down a trigger or environmental influence. Daylio is a mood tracker that keeps is simple and versatile. It’s based around a daily micro-diary concept with a simple mood scale and activity tracking.
The red double doors swing open and the nurses patiently wait for me to say goodbye to my mother. Tears stream down both our faces as I stand up from the wheelchair and hug her tightly.
“Mom, I’m scared.” I say, as my voice cracks.
“You’ll be okay,” she whispers, her hands clasped around mine. “You’ll be okay.”
Just like that she let go and I’m wheeled into the psychiatric unit. The doors make a loud buzzing noise as they clamp shut. I hear them lock behind me simultaneously as a lump of irrational abandonment settles in my stomach. I find myself immediately on the verge of throwing up and I feel my whole body shivering. Why do hospitals always have to be so damn cold?
My sister’s best friend Jean is standing in our kitchen, her face strained, her movements quick and agitated. “It just gets so frustrating,” she blurts. “I just want someone to acknowledge...” Unable to finish her thought, she brings her hand sharply down on her knee, a nervous tic that I’ve witnessed from her countless times.
Jean’s plight is one familiar to me: she is suffering from any number of mental imbalances, anxieties, mania, and depression, and what she wants is a diagnosis. Unfortunately for her, her father's primary care physician is not supportive of this desire for clarity. His reason is fear based; he doesn’t want his daughter put in a box or labeled.
Krista Clement is the Executive Editor for the Real Caring blog. For questions contact firstname.lastname@example.org