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When I found a new doctor who was willing to help me taper off of medications, they recommended that I track my mental state using Moodtracker. I have used it for two years and found it to be a very helpful part of my mental health regimen.

Moodtracker lets you input how much you slept, your mood and anxiety levels, whether you took medication or not and other aspects of each day. You can share your charts with your doctor or anyone else you would like to be keeping track of your health. I have found it really helpful to be able to look back over the months and see my patterns.

More recently they released a paid version which I haven’t tried but looks to have many additional features. The free version has been fine for what I’m using it for.

One of the crucial tips my doctor gave me was that when patients stop using the Moodtracker after they’ve been consistent about it that tends to mean they aren’t doing well. Knowing that made me hyper aware of my use of it, which has really kept me on track.

If you’re currently working with a therapist or psychiatrist regarding depression, anxiety, mood swings or bipolar disorder, I recommend mentioning Moodtracker to them and asking if you can share your charts with them. My doctor felt more confident with lessening my medications and seeing me less often knowing that I was checking in online each day.

I do wish that Moodtracker had an app, because sometimes I don’t look at my computer for a few days or I forget to use it. There are some similar apps and websites out there that I might check out to compare. I’ll keep you posted!

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4 Comments

  1. Kourtney July 13, 2017 10:19 am

    Thanks for sharing! It is great to be able to see how consistent you are and what your mood is like it allows you to see whether you are improving and if you are not, what steps you can take to improve your quality of life. Will check it out more on the mood tracker website thanks!

  2. Kevin Bulmer July 13, 2017 10:24 am

    Hi Laurel,
    Interesting. Years ago, when I was really struggling with anxiety, I did something like Moodtracker but I kept track by hand, recording “scores” for myself 3 times a day in a variety of areas. After a while, trends began to show themselves, which was a huge help in building awareness to be discussed and discovered. I’m now enjoying great health and have come so far in the battle against anxiety. I hope Moodtracker can help other people as well.
    Best wishes!

  3. Judith July 13, 2017 1:13 pm

    I run a care home for people with mental illness. This sounds like the ideal tool for the ladies who live with me. Unfortunately, they do not have computers, but they do have mobile phones. I am book marking your site, so I can learn when they come out with an app. I will be recommending this to the other care home operators in my city. Thanks for the tip.

  4. DBSpinz July 13, 2017 5:32 pm

    How very interesting! This sounds very helpful and makes you self-aware, which we all need to be. My site is about treating ADHD naturally and I wonder if this would be beneficial for adults and teens to reduce and taper their use of meds. Great info. Thanks for sharing!

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