The 13 Best Bipolar Disorder iPhone & Android Apps of 2013
The Best Apps for Bipolar Disorder
Nearly four percent of American adults have struggled with bipolar disorder at some point in their lives, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. If you’re one of them, you’ve probably had to deal with cycling moods that go from upbeat and energetic to down and depressed. No app can replace medications and talk therapy for treating bipolar disorder, but these 13 tools can help you better understand your condition and get the help you need.
When shifting emotions are an issue, keeping a mood diary can help you better understand and express how you feel. This Apple and Android app with cheery graphics takes the mood diary one step further. You can create notes and identify feeling patterns on summary charts. Plus, iMoodJournal reminds you to record your feelings at certain times. You can also hashtag your emotions, medication, and sleep, which can help you spot triggers and discover how your moods change over time.
You can also take self-portraits with each attitude shift. Then you can see how your mood affects your appearance. When you’re done tracking, share your mood with friends on Facebook, and with your mental health provider.
Bipolar Disorder Uncovered
Bipolar disorder is more complicated than manic and depressive mood swings. Sifting through the complex and sometimes unreliable medical information online can leave you feeling overwhelmed, especially if you’re newly diagnosed. Let the Apple and Android Bipolar Disorder Uncovered app be your ultimate guide on bipolar.
You’ll discover what causes bipolar disorder, how to recognize symptoms, when and where to seek help, and the types of treatments available. Also, learn the secrets of this disorder your doctor might not tell you—like the bad habits that can get in the way of your recovery.
eMoods Bipolar Mood Tracker
You may note your mood when you’re in the moment, but can you remember how you felt on the second Tuesday of last month? Probably not. That’s why it’s important to keep an ongoing record of your mental state with eMoods Bipolar Mood Tracker.
With this free Android app, you can track your manic and depressive episodes and highlight extreme symptoms. You can also record up to 11 medications, and your current sleep cycle. At the end of the month, email a printable graph chart to your mental health professional.
T2 Mood Tracker
Named for its developer—the National Center for TeleHealth and Technology (hence the two Ts)—this app gives you an easy way to monitor your state of mind over time. You rate yourself on six categories: anxiety, depression, general wellbeing, head injury, post-traumatic stress, and stress. You can also create custom scales to cover pain and other measures of how you’re feeling.
Available free for Apple and Android, T2 also lets you see how daily dramas, medication changes, and other treatments impact your mood. Graphs help you track your emotions over time and help your doctor design the most effective treatment for you.
This cute and cuddly cartoon bear’s attitudes range from cheery and optimistic to annoyed and negative. Bipolar bear aims to help bipolar patients learn to laugh at the many different feelings they face in a day. It cycles through random statements, each representing a different feeling. The bear is meant to help people with bipolar disorder feel less alone in their mood shifts.
Although this Apple app has a lighthearted tone, developers designed it to bring awareness to the serious issues those with bipolar disorder face. And 30 percent of the purchase price goes to a nonprofit organization that serves people with bipolar disorder.
Bipolar Disorder Connect
It’s common for people with bipolar disorder to feel isolated, especially during episodes of depression. So why not get in touch with a community of people who are dealing with the same issues as you?
With Apple’s Bipolar Disorder Connect (Bipolar Connect for Android), you can follow discussions, ask questions of your fellow community members, and add comments to other users’ posts. Use this supportive forum to share your own experiences. Learn which treatments have helped others. Make friends with the “Connect” button. Message them, and post status updates so they can keep updated on how you’re doing. If you’re not in the mood to share, you can just follow other participants’ activity feeds.
When you’re constantly caught unprepared by unpredictable mood swings, optimism can be difficult. Your positive outlook can disappear, especially during those dark periods of depression. Enter Optimism, a charting app that helps you develop strategies to manage your moods.
With Optimism, you can learn how to predict highs and lows before they occur. By reporting your feelings daily, you’ll learn to identify your triggers and make changes before they drag you down. Free for Apple devices, Optimism allows you to create charts to track your mood history. Then you can share those charts with your mental health provider.
Need a lift? Moody Me knows how to pick you up whenever you’re feeling down. You take pictures of your favorite people, places, and things. Then the free Apple app creates an uplifting slideshow you can play whenever you need an emotional boost. Moody Me will also store photos of your depression triggers to remind you what to avoid.
Moody Me also has tracking features that record all your mood-altering moments. And it has colorful graphs to follow your frame of mind over time. Because this app is the co-creation of MedHelp, you can take advantage of a virtual support group by posting questions to its online health community.
Mental illnesses are so often misunderstood and overlooked. It’s easy to brush off serious symptoms like depression when you’ve never experienced them.
Mental Illness is an informative Apple app that will help you enlighten a loved one about your condition. It can also teach you more about the symptoms that are having such a dramatic effect on your daily life. Bipolar disorder is one of more than a dozen conditions this app covers. It also include anxiety, depression, panic disorder, and PTSD.
iMind & Mood
iMind & Mood is like having an experienced mental health professional right in your smartphone. First, the Apple app will ask you a series of questions about your mental health—just like any good doctor would do.
Then, based on your responses, the app will offer you highly personalized advice about your mood, relationships, and more. It will even tell you when it’s time to call in a real health professional. It will also track your progress throughout your treatment.
Mood Track Private Diary
When you’re having a really bad day, do you stop to think about what triggered your dark mood? Or whether it tends to re-emerge in certain situations? Mood Track Private Diary, made for Android and Apple, will track your emotions for you, so you can start to look for patterns.
After charting your feelings for a few weeks, you might notice that you’re particularly moody on Mondays. You might find that a certain time of the month makes you feel especially foul. Once you know what sends you into a spiral, you can plan in advance to take some much needed “me time.” Or, you can talk to your doctor about treatment.
Have you ever tuned into your brain waves? It might sound like new age mumbo-jumbo, but the makers of this high-tech app claim that listening to their collection of brain waves will help calm your mind and relax your body.
The BrainWave Tuner Apple and Android app comes with more than 26 distinct brain wave patterns. Each is designed to induce a different mental state, from relaxation to enhanced creativity. Just put on your iPhone ear buds, choose the brain wave strength that best suits you, and tune in!
Tracking Your Emotions
Bipolar disorder doesn’t have to define you. Staying aware and educated about how you feel and how your body works can help you stay on top of this mood disorder. These apps can’t replace a physician, but if you try a few, you may find that tracking your emotions, connecting with others, and staying involved in your experiences can help. These apps ensure that a powerful aid will always be as near as your mobile device.
We selected these bipolar disorder apps based on their potential to aid people with bipolar disorder and their loved ones in a number of ways. Additional factors considered in selecting these apps included: user ratings, affordability, accessibility, format, functionality, and relevance to bipolar disorder and its community's needs. Together, this collection represents the gamut of helpful iPhone and Android apps that are successfully designed to make life with bipolar disorder more manageable.
Please note: Healthline Networks does not endorse or warrant for fitness of purpose any of these applications. These apps have not been evaluated for medical accuracy by Healthline Networks and unless otherwise indicated, haven’t been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
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