Personalized To You

The Mood Triggers app quickly becomes personalized to you.  Because you will be filling out surveys every hour, the app will become familiar with what is the main trigger of your anxiety or depression, and will have charts available to you, so that you can see what you, specifically, need to focus on in order to work on getting better.

This factor of the Mood Triggers app is also very beneficial for therapy.  The app will give you some aspects that you need to work on, such as “avoidance” or “helplessness”.  Once you have this information easily identified for you, which can be hard to do on your own, you will have something to focus and work on with your therapist.  

Identifying what is triggering your anxiety or depression can be difficult, but it is the most important step in getting better.  Because Mood Triggers is personalized to you and helping you improve, it provides information on what is the most triggering, as well as what is the least.  The app helps you learn more about yourself and your anxiety/depression, so that you can become the healthiest you!

Easy to Read Home Screen

Although the Mood Triggers app tracks and provides you with a lot of information, the home screen is easy to manage.  It provides you with a summary of your activities and moods, including your steps, heart rate, sleep, and anxiety/depression levels.  The information is shown on a screen that is very easy to look at, with light colors and writing.  You can easily access your results to see how your anxiety has been throughout the day, as well as what has been triggering your anxiety the most.  Furthermore, the survey is very easy to work; you can simply drag your selection to be either closer to “applied to me very much, or most of the time” or “did not apply to me at all”.  Because you will be taking the surveys often (you are prompted once an hour), you do not have to think too hard into the past to remember if something did or did not apply to you, as the question will only be regarding the past hour.  

Mood Triggers is very easy to use and look at, so you will not have to think too hard to be able to use the app and have it help you immensely.  There is no distraction from what you need to know, and it is easy to know and input your information quickly.  The goal of the app is to help you get better!

Tracking Heart Rate is Beneficial

The Mood Triggers App not only prompts you to take surveys to track your mood, but also tracks your heart rate.  All you have to do is put your finger up to the camera on your phone for a short period of time, and your heart rate will be measured you.  Being able to track your heart rate will allow you to better control some of your anxiety, because you will be aRecognition is the First Stepware of a physical symptom that you can focus on.  This woman had a very good experience tracking her heart rate; before a panic attack, she was able to see what her heart rate was and from that, focus on breathing exercises to calm her down.  She was able to watch her heart rate decrease, and stop the panic attack from happening.

If you track your heart rate, you could have similar experiences.  As an increased heart rate is a symptom of a panic attack or significant anxiety, having that to focus on may help relax you.  If you are focusing on decreasing your heart rate (i.e., by doing a simple breathing exercise), you will not only be working on calming the involuntary pieces of a panic attack, but also distracting yourself from the panic or whatever may be giving you anxiety.  

Tracking your heart rate is a fantastic way to listen to what your body is trying to tell you about your anxiety, rather than just your thoughts/moods.  Anxiety is much more than racing thoughts; it affects parts of your body, which Mood Triggers will help you to be conscious of.

Fatigue Can Trigger Anxiety

Many people who experience anxiety or depression are experiencing it because of fatigue.  However, this can be a difficult trigger to identify, especially if you aren’t constantly aware of how much sleep you get at night.  However, the mood triggers app can help you to know if fatigue (along with many other possible triggers, such as avoidance or helplessness) is the reason for your anxiety.  The app will be tracking your sleep, as well as how you sleep, and will therefore be able to tell you if your fatigue is a trigger.  Furthermore, because the app tracks how well you sleep, you will have the information to learn if the main issue is how you sleep (for example, if your sleep is very restless), and if you should be changing that in any way.

 

This information is also useful for a therapist or psychiatrist to help you the best way they can.  How well and how much you sleep can directly impact your anxiety and depression, so a psychiatrist may recommend taking melatonin (which actually has some antidepressant properties!), or something that will allow you to sleep better and lessen your anxiety or depression.

 

Whatever is triggering your anxiety or depression needs to be recognized before you can do anything to fix it; otherwise, your attempts at getting better will not be attacking the true problem.  Mood triggers can be the first step to getting better, as it will help you to identify why you feel how you feel!

Helplessness Can Trigger Anxiety

     With the Mood Triggers app, you can learn what is the main cause of your anxiety or depression.  This will allow you to focus on something specific that you can try to fix.  The app includes a myriad of different possible triggers that it may help you to identify, including avoidance and helplessness.  While helplessness will not be a quick fix, the first step is identifying that it is an issue.  Once you have identified it with the Mood Triggers app, you will be able to know that it is something you should focus on.  You will know to identify helpless thoughts when they appear, and try to dismiss them or replace the thoughts with something that you can control in a given situation.

 

     If you are a therapist, Mood Triggers will help you help your client to the very best of your ability.  While you may only meet with your client once a week, or even once every couple of weeks, Mood Triggers will be with your client throughout the day, focusing on his/her feelings in the present.  This will help your client to identify his/her feelings and remember to work on his/her feelings throughout the week.

 

     This app is very easy to use and will be beneficial to anyone suffering from a mood disorder, no matter how minimal or severe it is.  The first step to getting better is always knowing what is causing your anxiety or depression!

Avoidance Can Trigger Anxiety

Sometimes knowing why you are anxious can be quite difficult.  However, the Mood Triggers app can help you identify what increases your anxiety!  One of the triggers that this app can help you identify is avoidance.  Avoidance can easily worsen your anxiety, because you never learn to cope with what you fear.  In the moment, avoiding something may seem to help lessen anxiety, but if you continue to avoid something, you will never learn that you really can deal with and face what you are frightened of.  Rather, the fear may just grow, and manifest your thoughts, making them worse, as you continue to avoid it.

 

    Avoidance may be a difficult trigger for you or your client to identify as an anxiety trigger, as it feels good in the moment.  If  you or your client downloads this app, identifying avoidance will be much easier.  In therapy, your client may not be able to identify what he/she was avoiding, or even mention that he/she avoided something; it is possible that the client may have been feeling good due to the avoidance and does not have anything to talk about.  Mood Triggers will help the session be more productive, because it will explain exactly what the client has been experiencing since the previous session.  It is also quite easy to use and explain by following this checklist.

 

    The Mood Triggers app is an easy way to be continuously on top of what may be causing your anxiety or depression, so that you can be proactively working on feeling better.