It has been said that to gain power over your demons, you must name them. With mood-tracking apps, this is the name of the game. We are happy to say that as the world comes to better understand and support mental health, a myriad of mood-tracking apps has been created. These platforms are designed to help you make a habit of recognizing and cataloging your feelings throughout the day in order to gain a better understanding of your moods and begin to feel better over time. Without further adieu, here are seven mood-tracking apps that you can download to your smartphone today.
eMoods Bipolar Mood Tracker is a private and easy to use mood tracker that is specifically designed for bipolar mood tracking. It is also useful for managing depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders. It has a free, limited option, as well as an upgraded, paid option at $0.99 for one month or $9.99 for a year.
eMoods Bipolar Mood Tracker has a simple layout with options to track elevated moods, depressed moods, irritability, and anxiety. With each entry, you choose a rating: severe, moderate, mild, or none. You also have the daily option to log if you have been to talk therapy, are experiencing psychotic symptoms, or are taking any medication. You can also log the hours you have slept each night and each day’s body weight. Each entry has the option to add a personal note, with or without a time stamp.
This app allows you to view a calendar as well as charts and graphs that track your moods, as well as send a monthly PDF report to your doctor. Finally, there is an option to add a pin number or fingerprint lock for security.
T2 Mood Tracker is a free app that lets you track your emotional experience over time. It has multiple tracking options each day for six pre-loaded issues: anxiety, depression, general well-being, head injury, post-traumatic stress, and stress. There is also a customizable scale for any other feeling or issue you wish to track.
It allows you to program a reminder to update your moods up to three different times a day, seven days a week. Personalized notes can also be added with a date and time stamp, but these are not linked to a mood scale. Another feature is that this app connects to fitbits.
T2 Mood Tracker automatically graphs your inputs and allows you to create graphs and custom reports that can be saved as PDFs to your phone, printed, or emailed to your health care provider. However, some users have reported that the graphs are difficult to view and/or operate. Also, there is no way to report past dates or add something you forgot, but there is an option to set a pin number and security questions.
Mood-Log is a quick and easy way to track your mood via a journal, personal diary, and mood charting tool.
With this app, you can track as frequently as you wish and pick as many emotions as you like. For example, choose angry, bored, happy, or outraged. Choose to group emotion by categories or display them alphabetically. You can keep track of other factors as well, such as overall mood, stress, energy, mindfulness, health, and sleep. There is an option to add personal thoughts via a note.
Track your mood as often as you like, and set up to six reminders a day. Use the calendar view to find patterns in your mood. View by week, month, or year, or view a summary by moods or other factors.
Mood-log is free with an upgraded option that removes ads and enables log exporting options. With this option, you can export entries by email and send them to anyone. This app does have an option to add a four-digit passcode.
iMoodJournal – Mood Diary is a personal diary and mood charting tool. It costs $2.99 and has a bright and colorful appearance.
This app gives you the option to track moods as often as you would like using a colorful scale that you edit to rate overall your well-being. Create your own colors and mood labels or use the emotion scale consisting of ten choices ranging from “Couldn’t be worse” to “Insanely great.”
With iMoodJournal – Mood Diary you can set unlimited reminders. You also have the option to use a #hashtag system to filter your mood records and experiences as well as the option to add photos.
There are summary charts, but no reports through this app. You can use daily or weekly average charts to recognize time-based patterns in mood, browse your history of mood records, or even view a mood by geography chart. It also has the option to export charts as PDFs.
Feel comfortable with passcode protection but share moods with friends and family on social networks or send them by email if you’d like.
My Life My Voice Mood Journal is a free, interactive tool geared towards kids and young adults. It is a place to track thoughts, feelings, and moods. The appearance is playful and colorful and relies on emojis to identify emotions and track emotions.
This apps allows users to records moods as often as they like and to set a daily reminder. Pick one emotion at a time, attach a note, picture, and/or voice note to the emotion. There is no scale for the emotions you can pick, but the range of emotions is straightforward and user-friendly for kids and young adults.
You can journal within this app by using the notes, voice recording, or photo option. Also, view a report of tracked moods over a period of time and create and share reports and access life tips for increased mental health. Also included are chat and call options for crisis support and emotional support.
Finally, there is an option to create, save, and share what is called “A Safety Plan,” which is a personal list of strategies that can help you cope with life’s challenges and negative emotions. There is no option for passcode or security.
Moodtrack Social Diary is a simple mood tracking app that allows you to graph your moods on the fly. Everything on this app is public (so choose an anonymous screen name if you’d like). This feature allows you to pour out your feelings and receive support from strangers. There is also an anonymous chat feature. Upgrade for a one-time fee of $0.99 for the option to keep a private diary.
Keep an eye on your mood pattern by tracking health, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and PMS. Set daily reminders and track as often as you want. Create your own label for each entry, choose the public or private option, (if applicable), enter personalized notes, and then rate your mood on a scale of one to five.
You can view a newsfeed of all users’ emotions, choose to follow specific users, and see who is following you. This app works and syncs even when you’re offline and you can set a fingerprint lock on touch devices for security.
Moodnotes – CBT & Mood Tracker is an easy to use mood tracker and journaling app that focuses on helping users develop healthier thinking habits and improve well-being and perspective. Its design is grounded in cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and positive psychology. Use it to track your mood, identify your thinking traps, and develop positive thinking habits.
Moodnotes has a free 7-day trial and then costs $9.99/month or $39.99/year.
It allows you to track your mood as often as you’d like with unlimited entries per day. Adjust the face on the screen to be sad or happy, then pick and choose from various emotional description words. There is also the unique option to scan your face using the camera on your device to help identify your mood. It has the option to select more than one emotion and adjust the intensity of the emotion. You then add details and describe what’s going on via a note.
With Moodnotes, you can create reports, export data, and set a four-digit passcode. You can also set reminders and view a timeline of your entries. Finally, it offers insights, mindfulness reminders, and mood trends.
All of these apps should be used as tools for a happier and healthier life. They are not substitutes for professional counseling or medical advice. However, each of the above mood-apps, when used consistently, can help you identify and track your emotions, giving you insight into and empowerment in your mental health.
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