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Attention Doctors and Patients: Need a Medication Reminder? A Mood Tracker? Check Out Healthy Footsteps

I can’t tell you how many times I get to around 10 or 11am and think to myself, ‘What am I supposed to be doing?  I feel like I am running in circles!,’ only to realize that once again I have forgotten to take my ADHD meds.  It should not be that hard — I mean I take them every day, yet still somehow I manage to get through 5 or 6 hours of my day before realizing the mistake.

And then if I have therapy, well, what do I tell my doctor?  I can’t remember my moods yesterday, let alone a week ago.  How am I supposed to know what affected my moods throughout the week?

I don’t mean to sound like a commercial – because I am not selling this nor do I get paid for the endorsement – but I have found an amazing website called www.healthyfootsteps.com that allows you to solve these problems for free.  It truly has been life changing for me.

You can sign-up for medication reminder that will send an e-mail or text reminding you to take vitamins / meds each and every day.  There is an entire section for charting moods, so that every day you can spend 10 minutes tracking your day and see what types of things both positively and negatively affect your moods by generating a chart at the end of the week.

I personally found out how important sleep was to my moods, along with exercise.  If I did not exercise for one day, I was guaranteed to have depressive symptoms.  If I had horrible sleep, especially for more than one night, anxiety would kick in.  It absolutely astounded me how predictive it became for me, and allowed me / my doctor to come up with solutions for exercising even if I was injured or sick.  It also made me feel great about taking naps – as if I did not sleep well the anxiety would keep me from being productive for much longer than a simple nap would interrupt my day.

I’m looking for ways to purchase / offer this software for free forever on www.depression.org – as I feel so strongly in the concept of just doing these things daily.  I think even the act of recording our actions / how we feel helps put is in a better state of mind.  Awareness is key.

Have you found other tools that help you keep track of meds / moods?  I would love to hear them!

Attention Doctors and Patients: Need a Medication Reminder? A Mood Tracker? Check Out Healthy Footsteps

Kathryn Goetzke

I own a company called the Mood-factory (www.mood-factory.com), a company that creates products based on how sensory experiences effect moods. I also run a nonprofit for depressio, iFred (www.ifred.org), we are working to change the brand of depression. And yes, I have ADHD, along with PTSD, major depressive disorder, and a host of other challenges, opportunities, and gifts.


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Goetzke, K. (2011). Attention Doctors and Patients: Need a Medication Reminder? A Mood Tracker? Check Out Healthy Footsteps. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 25, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/adhd/2011/02/attention-doctors-and-patients-need-a-medication-reminder-a-mood-tracker-check-out-healthy-footsteps/

 

Last updated: 21 Feb 2011
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