Electronic Charting: Web, Desktop and Phone Applications for Mood Tracking
updated August, 2013
Okay, okay: now there are bunch of these programs (why did it take so long?). I can't even keep up anymore. Here are three that seem to have what you might want. The research tool I've tried myself. The other two seem so simple or well worked out, they've made the list here, but there are more out there I've not examined. Options 2 and 3 are available for both iPhone and Android.
1. Suppose all you wanted to do was rate your mood every day (not sleep, exercise, or anxiety). That might make it so simple you'd actually do it most of the time! For that, there's a free simple clean program, web or iPhone (Android "coming soon", as of 9/2012, but they have been saying that for a while...). MoodPanda.
2. If you want to chart mood and sleep and anxiety, and have your fully private results support a research effort (with daily reminders to chart, which is nice if you need it and can be turned off if you don't) , you want BeatingBipolar. They have iPhone and Android versions. You can have your medical provider look at your chart in advance of a visit by sending your log-in info.
3. However, if you want a full program that's been revised for several years, now very slick, that may be the Optimism program (desktop/laptop, or handheld, Apple or Windows). This is a commercial grade product. I don't know how they are managing to offer this for free (maybe because they're marketing it for clinicians?).
THE ABSOLUTE ULTIMATE BEST: This is not available quite yet (as of August, 2013), but there is an Android program which not only allows you to enter your own data but also uses your Android to summarize the frequency of your phone calls, texts, and exercise ( and even just how much you move around on average). The research team developing it has published a description of this program and how they are testing itKessing; the short version of that report is that they definitely have this working and it is probably the ultimate mood/energy tracking system. It should be only a matter of time before this system, which gathers much more objective data about what is really going on, is available commercially.
If for some reason you want to go back to 2010, i.e. the dark ages, to my previous report on all this, here you go:
Here is a late-2010 assessment by an experienced user. Thank you Cyclothymia. I can't comment on her evaluations because I have even less experience with the products, but you'll find this a useful summary. I have no relationship with any of these companies.
If you find a really good electronic moodcharting system that's free or costs less than $15, email me please, and if the product looks good to me I will post a note about it here.
Cyclothymia comments below on:
ChronoRecord bStable Optimism products Moodifi
Medhelp Android/Blackberry apps PsychCentral Moodtracker