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I was born in 1988. When I was in kindergarten, the computers we played on had black screens with green figures and symbols.

I know I’m not that old, but technology has really exploded since the late 80’s. I started with Oregon Trail and look where we are now. We’re excited about everything tech.

Today, we can’t imagine life without apps.

One of the greatest things that have happened since the advent of the app are apps that aid those with chronic illness.

Not only can you use your phone for directions, recipes, books, and video games, you can also use it to manage your bipolar disorder.

In this article, I take a look at a few apps that are used by people with bipolar.

I’m sure you’ll find at least one that you’ll want to add to your collection.

Optimism

Optimism used to be a little too expensive for me, that is, until one of Her Bipolar Life’s readers Carole Milner informed me that it is now free.

Go out and get it!

Optimism is a mood tracking app that rivals all others. You can compile “Stay Well Strategies”, “Triggers”, and “Symptoms” for intel on yourself.

Even more awesome, the mood charts can be saved as a PDF and printed, which is perfect for showing to your doctor.

After all, most of us have had that psych appointment where we didn’t remember everything we should have about our moods.

You can get it for Mac, Windows, iPhone, and iPad, and it’s also available as a web browser.

Bipolar Diet Daily

If you’re like me and take Zyprexa, you know how great this app could be.

Obesity can be a factor for many with bipolar disorder. This app is free and provides tips and support for managing food, weight, and even mood.

From the creators of www.bipolar-lives.com

Bipolar Connect

This free app has been downloaded thousands of times, and is a social outlet to talk with peers about topics related to bipolar disorder.

You can start conversations and learn from others. It’s a great on-the-go support source.

eMoods Bipolar Mood Tracker

I have personally used this app before, and I like it. It’s specific to bipolar disorder, and is easy to use.

You can track your moods daily, keep note of your medications, and you can even print out a copy of your chart.

Note: This app does not log multiple moods and symptoms per day. So if you’re looking for a chart for daily extremes of moods and symptoms, this would be for you.

Moodlytics

This is my favorite app right now. It’s big, bright, and very user-friendly.

If you’re looking for an easy and insightful mood app, this is it.

You can use a very limited version of the Moodlytics app for free, but it’s worth it to buy the full version.

It’s very cheap, around a dollar.

Some of its features include application privacy (you will have to provide a code to get in), track unlimited moods, track past moods, save and tag photos for moods, add and define custom moods and categories, and set goals.

The best part about this app is the analytics, though. You can look at trends in moods by week, by person in your life, by area of your life, and even daily mood fluctuations.

One of the best mental health apps I’ve found.

I’ll be back for another round of app talk in a future post, but for now, check out these and other apps and tell me what you think. If you use an app that is not on here, let us know in the comments! We would all love to collect more useful bipolar apps.

 


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    Last reviewed: 20 Apr 2013

APA Reference
Dawkins, K. (2013). Apps for Bipolar Disorder: Caring For Yourself on Your Phone. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 29, 2014, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-life/2013/04/apps-for-bipolar-disorder-caring-for-yourself-on-your-phone/

 

 
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