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article imageBipolar patient creates Mood Watch App

By KJ Mullins     Mar 19, 2013 in Health
Empowering people who live with mood disorders can help them live happier lives. No one knows this better than inventor Kimberly Knox who is a bipolar 1 patient.
Knox came up with the Mood Watch App after charting her own moods, sleeping patterns, medication and blood pressure the old fashioned way, on paper while a psychiatric hospital patient.
"Charting all of this information three times each day took an enormous amount of time and energy," said Ms. Knox in a press release. "I knew there had to be an easier way."
Once Knox was out of the hospital she wanted a way to make her charting easier to do knowing it was critical to her mental health. She went to an Apple store in San Diego with her charts and drawings to find out if they could help her. She was referred to Ditty Labs, a mobile app developer. A month later Mood Watch was ready to go live.
For just 99 cents Mood Watch allows those with mood disorders the tools to track how they are doing throughout the day. It helps patients to understand their own mood patterns and add to discussions with their health care providers.
The App uses a set of questions that track users sleep quality, blood pressure and meditation. They are asked to rate their anxiety level, mood and more three times a day. Additional personal notes are allowed to be entered during each entry. With the click of a button a report can be generated about the information during the week that can be printed out. The App has alarms that ensure that patients track their moods each day.
The App is available on iPhone, iPod Touch and iPod. It has been endorsed by the International Bipolar Foundation.
Knox is now hoping to raise money to add an additional six languages to the App and raise awareness.
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