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Depression is a topic that most people will deal with in their lifetime. On the counter, it’s also a topic that most people don’t want to discuss. Depression can make a person feel overwhelmed, out of control, and even embarrassed, but knowing you’re not alone can help tremendously.
As a teenager, I went through a few episodes of depression. I also had some days where I felt really down after having my first baby. Although I don’t believe it was full Postpartum Depression, I know that I struggled with finding motivation to do certain daily tasks because of the overwhelming feelings. It turns out, I’m definitely not alone and neither are you if you find yourself battling depression. Millions of people in the United States also suffer from depression, with an estimated one in 15 adults experiencing at least one major depressive episode in any given year.
My most recent experiences with depression came after my father suffered a stroke this Summer. While we all handled his stroke well, and ultimately he has as well as he’s improving daily, I was very aware that a person who has suffered a stroke on the left side of their brain could develop depression. My father’s doctor made sure that we knew that and I did a lot of research on the subject of what to look for and how best to prevent him from developing those tendencies.
While I’m happy to report that my Dad really has come out of his stroke with flying colors and never battled depression outwardly, we were prepared if he did. One tool that I had planned to help him understand was a new technological tool when it comes to dealing with depression… the the free Moodivator app for the iPhone.
The Moodivator app uses a number of very simple features to help aid in the management of depression.
Goal Setting: This is definitely one of my favorite aspects of the app. I feel like anyone could really benefit from using this part of the app because the goals are simple, customizable, and completely manageable as they contain clear action steps to be sure the person can achieve them easily.
Mood Tracking: Another great tool in managing depression is keeping track of your moods. Within the app, not only can you record how you were feeling on a particular day, but you can also make notes of what you’re doing that may have contributed to your mood.
When we can take our health into our own hands, including into the smartphone in our hands, patients can feel more in control of their health. “A 2014 survey found that 70% of patients being treated for a mental health disorder say they want to use a mobile application to monitor their mental health on a daily basis.” We do everything with our phones today, so it only makes sense that we use them for the good of our mental health too!
While the Moodivator app is in no way a substitute for a mental health care provider, it can be used in conjunction with treatment. Within the app, the patient can also choose to share their goal progress with their care team, showcasing their progress through clear charts. This makes the app a great tool for patients to add to their belt when dealing with depression.
The Moodivator app is not a treatment for depression and does not take the place of your doctor’s care or advice. This app also includes information about a prescription treatment option for depression.