Approximately 5 million people in the United States are living with bipolar disorder, a mental illness marked by episodes of depression and elevated mood. Seemingly erratic changes in your moods can make things challenging for you and others, but treatment can be helpful in managing the condition. Typical treatment includes medication, therapy, and lifestyle adjustments, which can include building habits around mood management and stress reduction.

We’ve picked these apps to help you track, understand, or control your mood a bit better, so you can live a healthier, more balanced life.

iPhone rating: 4.4 stars

Android rating: 4.6 stars

Price: $2.99

With iMoodJournal, you can track multiple moods per day on a 10-step qualitative scale. Hashtag your triggers in your journal and use them later to drill down, filter, and analyze your entries for discoveries and insights beyond the app’s auto-generated reports. Not into journaling? Say it better with a selfie. The pictures are displayed on the calendar for easy scanning and a holistic understanding of what your month looked like mood-wise.

iPhone rating: 4.6 stars

Price: $3.99

Get your doctor's approval before using this app, then grab a pair of headphones. Developed out of the same principles that guide EEG, this app couples white noise or relaxing soundscapes with professionally built wave patterns that guide your own brainwaves to fall in sync. Certain brainwaves are associated with different moods or states: Creative, relaxed, dreamy, or energetic are just a few of the moods this app can help induce. Find a quiet spot for a few minutes, give it a listen, and see if you don’t notice a difference in how you feel.

iPhone rating: 4.5 stars

Android rating: 4 stars

Price: Free

Breathe2Relax is a deep breathing guide that can come in handy in times of stress or upset. Diaphragmatic breathing helps with moodiness and stress by calming the HPA axis, which is also responsible for the fight-or-flight response. The app integrates with your wearable fitness device to read and monitor heart rate while you go through the breathing exercises, which means you can actually measure its effectiveness in restoring calm with each practice.

iPhone rating: 4.6 stars

Android rating: 4.4 stars

Price: Free with in-app purchases

eMoods is a mood tracker built for people with bipolar disorder. To capture your daily highs and lows, the app prompts you to track depressive symptoms, psychotic symptoms, irritability, and elevated mood throughout the day, including an estimate of severity for each. Your input get summarized in color code on a monthly calendar, giving you an easy snapshot of your mood changes. The app also lets you view and export a monthly summary report, which you can email to your healthcare team to help them better identify your specific triggers and improve your care.

Android rating: 4.4 stars

Price: Free with in-app purchases

With MoodLog, you can track your moods as well as any symptoms that might be related to them, such as menstruation, headaches, nausea, panic, and more. The app also includes the option to indicate the severity of each for a more precise picture of your experience. Complete your profile with details about your therapy and medication, from timing to dose. MoodLog also has notifications you can set to remind you to open the app and log for the day.

iPhone rating: 4.7 stars

Android rating: 4.6 stars

Price: Free with in-app purchases

Medication is an important part of treatment for many people with bipolar disorder, but it can be hard to keep track of. An app like Medisafe is a must-have for ensuring you’re staying safe with your medications and managing your mood appropriately. More than just a reminder app, the interface displays what medications you need to take and when, complete with an illustration of what the medication looks like, information about interacting substances, and reminders for when you need to refill your prescription.

iPhone rating: 4.6 stars

Android rating: 4.5 stars

Price: Free

Bipolar disorder can lead to difficulty in some personal relationships. aiMei is an emotional intelligence–building app that targets your self-awareness, social awareness, self-management, and relationship management through mood tracking, personality tests, goal setting, and anonymous feedback from your friends. The app delivers the personality tests and mood tracking questions in an AI-based texting format — it’s like talking to a friend about how you’re feeling. The app integrates your information to evaluate your performance in the four areas of emotional intelligence, then helps you set goals and improve.

If you want to nominate an app for this list, email us at nominations@healthline.com.


Amanda Doyle is a Boston-based healthcare editor, former dance fitness instructor, and previous neuroscience researcher. She's passionate about equity, kindness, conscious language, and destigmatizing the human experience.