Different Triggers

Anxiety, depression, and any other mood disorder can be triggered by a plethora of perceptions and outside influences.  There are so many different, small things that can begin a spiral into a bad mood or intense anxiety, and it can sometimes be very difficult to label one specific thing as the reason for your issue.  The Mood Triggers app can do this for you, so you do not have to worry about why you feel the way you do!  There are a multitude of different triggers this app might identify as influencing your mood, such as: helplessness, hopelessness, self reported arousal, fatigue, avoidance, heart rate, and so many more.  Once you are able to identify what triggers your anxiety or depression the most, you will be able to work towards getting better by focusing on the most prominent triggers.  

You will also have something to focus on in therapy, and when your therapist asks how you have been, you will have a much easier time answering.  You will have been tracking your mood very regularly, which will help you to recall almost exactly how you were feeling throughout the week, and better yet, why you were feeling that way.  There are a myriad of possible reasons you are feeling the way you feel, but the Mood Triggers app will help find the most dominant problem that you can work on in therapy and in everyday life.  

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Arousal and Anxiety

The Mood Triggers application allows you to report your arousal levels.  Arousal is often a physiological sign of your anxiety, and can be distracting when you are trying to focus.  Your muscles may be tense, your hands might begin sweating, your heart rate may speeden; your body will be focusing on the arousal from your anxiety, which will distract you from what is more important.  Using the app to track your arousal levels will you help you to see if this is a strong contributor to your anxiety, especially in comparison to helplessness, fatigue, hopelessness, avoidance, or anything else.  Once you are more aware of your physical symptoms of anxiety, you will be able to focus on fixing that.  If physiological arousal does seem to have a strong effect on you or is a regular occurrence, tracking it will help your therapy sessions become even more beneficial.  You will be able to tell your therapist exactly when (and why) you were feeling so anxious at the time as well as what symptoms were experiencing.  Through discussing your body’s arousal, you will be able to find and work on techniques that will work on calming your physical body, and in turn, calming your mind.

Hopeless Can Trigger Depression

One major symptom and trigger of depression is hopelessness.  With depression often comes a lack of belief in positivity, such as thinking that the world is monotonous and always will be monotonous.  This can lead to further depression because of the way it may lead you to act.  If you think you will never succeed in life, then you may become apathetic towards your schoolwork or your job, which could lead to poor results.  These results could then lead to further hopelessness, and it will just become a nasty cycle.

However, there is a way to stop this cycle.  With the Mood Triggers App, you will be able to identify what is the main cause of your unhappy moods.  While the app will not fix your moods for you, it will help you to identify that hopelessness (or a variety of other things) is causing you to feel more depressed.  With this information, you can focus and try to work on the thoughts you allow yourself to believe, as well as talk to your therapist and work with him/her on certain mechanisms to help you become more hopeful.  

Negative Events Can Lead to Depression

It’s easy to have an attitude change after some event in your life (whether small or big).  However, you should not let something trigger your depression, especially a small event or perception of the event.  With the Mood Triggers App, you can find out if the main reason you are feeling depressed is because of how you process negative events.  With this information, you can work on handling negative situations with a different attitude.  While this may take time to do with ease, recognizing the problem is the first step to getting better.

Acknowledging that negative events may lead you to be more depressed can also help with therapy, for both the client and the therapist.  This will allow you to discuss any negative events that happen on a given day, and approach it with a different, more positive viewpoint.  Discussing events may help you to accept and move past certain things, as well as remove or lessen the intensity of any irrational thoughts you may have.

Sleep Tracking

Sleep is one of the most important aspects to your overall well being, including your mental health.  The Mood Triggers App allows you to track your sleeping patterns by allowing you to manually plug in your sleep and wake times.  By doing this, you will be able to see the pattern of what times you have been going to sleep and waking up, and will be able to observe a correlation between your sleep and mood.  Furthermore, when you are busy and forgetful of the time or when to go to sleep, the app will remind you to go to bed.

Lack of or too much sleep can contribute to the intensity of your depression/anxiety, so being aware of your sleeping patterns in correlation of your mood patterns could help you to have better control of how you feel.  Because the app does remind you to go to sleep, it will help you to remember that you should be at least thinking about going to bed soon, as sometimes it can be easy to forget to go to bed until its 2am!

There are a multitude of contributors to any mental illness, so identifying them and working towards healthier patterns, no matter what the pattern may be.  The Mood Triggers App can help you to be the healthiest, and happiest, you!

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!